Nothing perks me up like my Mum’s Dahl, and now that I’m out of home I decided it was time I learnt how to make it myself. To me it felt like a daunting task because a) nothing tastes as good as what Mum makes and b) I don’t quite know how to cook off of instinct like Mum does. I’m getting better at it, and while I think I almost got Mum’s taste, it just wasn’t made with her love 😉. Still tasted amazing though and I will keeps this in my cooking rotation.
Some tips for this recipe:
- Make sure to wash your Dahl until the water is clear
- Too much turmeric will leave you with a bitter tasting Dahl, not enough and you won’t have that subtle taste in your Dahl, so make sure to taste as you cook and add and adjust as you go
- Don’t add the turmeric at the end of cooking the Dahl. Raw turmeric is not a great taste, so cook it out
- Fresh chilli will give you a milder chilli taste (as long as you chuck it in whole) and dried chilli gives a stronger taste
Dahl is very versatile and can be served a variety of ways. Here I served it with rice, a spinach and onion mix, fresh chilli and fish. If I was being true to my Mum’s way (and not being ultra lazy) I would serve it with turmeric fish (and not frozen like I did) and eggplant and maybe some chutney. Anything goes really.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 2 cups red lentils (washed)
- 2 cups of stock or hot water
- 1 brown onion sliced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3.5 tsp turmeric
- 1tsp sugar
- 1 chilli fresh or dries
How to Make:
- Heat oil in a pan and add the onion to the hot oil. Keep cooking the onion until it gets to a light brown colour, then add your garlic and cook until the onion is a deep brown and getting crisp. Take off heat and put aside
- To a saucepan, add the stock or hot water to the lentils and bring to a simmer
- Add your turmeric, sugar and chilli and give a good stir
- Cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Make sure to give it a good stir every now and then as Dahl does tend to stick to the bottom
- If your Dahl is too thick for you, add water to thin out
Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you’ve made this and what your favourite dishes your Mum makes.