Main Serves 2
A colourful and healthy meal. Turmeric and ginger are thought to be anti-inflammatory and therefore good for digestion, as is coconut oil, which metabolises well. Organic coconut oil is great for stir-fries and curries, or for roasting veg as it has a slightly different flavour to other oils.
Variations: Use red lentils if you can’t find yellow mung dal lentils. Use cabbage, spinach or chard instead of the greens.
Add a ‘tarka’, a spicy oil, to sprinkle on the top of the dal before serving for an extra kick of spice and chilli: gently heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a small pan then add 1 teaspoon each of black mustard seeds and cumin seeds, 1 finely sliced large garlic clove and a good pinch of chilli flakes and fry, stirring constantly, for 1–2 minutes until the mustard seeds are popping.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped, grated or crushed
- 4 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 1 red chilli, finely sliced
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
- 100g yellow split peas, soaked for at least a few hours and then rinsed in a sieve
- 1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
- 200g spring or summer greens, tough ribs removed, leaves finely shredded (or try finely shredded cabbage or kale)
- handful of coriander leaves
- a squeeze of lime or lemon juice
- toasted coconut chips or toasted desiccated coconut, to garnish
Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 50 min
· Step 1
Melt the coconut oil in a large pan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
· Step 2
Turn up the heat a little and add the garlic, ginger, chilli, mustard seeds and turmeric. Stir for about 1 minute, until you hear the mustard seeds start to pop. Stir the coconut milk in the can then pour into the pan with the split peas and ground coriander and cumin. Fill the coconut milk can half full with water and add that too.
· Step 3
Bring up to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Add the greens, stirring in small handfuls at a time, then cook for a further 5–10 minutes, until the lentils are tender and the greens wilted. Keep an eye on the liquid and add more water if needed.
· Step 4
Season the dal with salt, stir in the fresh coriander and add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice to taste. Serve the dal prinkled with toasted coconut and a few extra coriander leaves.