Spicy Dahl Recipe

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  • Vegetarian






20 min


1 hr 30 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 219 kCal 11%
Fat 1.5g 2%
  -  Saturates 0.3g 2%


  • 250g (9oz) yellow split peas
  • 3 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 fat green chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2.5cm (1in) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 5 to 8 curry leaves


  • Wash the split peas, then soak in cold water for 2 hours or overnight. Rinse again.

  • Put the tomatoes, chillies, ginger, garlic and cloves into a large saucepan. Add the drained split peas, stir and add 1.5 litres (23/4pt) water. Bring to the boil, add a pinch of salt and simmer uncovered for 60 to 90 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and take out any excess liquid, but reserve it. Blend the split peas together with a hand blender. If too thick, add some of the liquid.

  • Stir in the coriander and the curry leaves, return to the heat for a few minutes and serve. It’s delicious garnished with fried onions and chopped green chillies.

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