For my vegan dinner party, another of the main dishes that I made was a very simple Dhal. I wasn’t even going to make one, but when I was looking in the cupboard I spotted a fairly large bag of lentils, and thought since I was going down the indian route, how much more work could a dhal be?

Well, I was right, this barely took any time to make at all.



400g Red Lentils

2 tsp Turmeric

2 Large Blobs of Vitalite

2 tsp of Cumin Seeds

1 onion

3 Cloves of Garlic

1 Large Green Chilli

1 tsp of Garam Masala

Fresh Coriander

Thumb sized piece of Ginger


Put lentils in a pan with enough water to cover around 2 inches above their surface. Bring to the boil and skim off the scum on top. Lower to a simmer, stir in turmeric for a lovely yellow colour and a blob of vitalite. Let it cook gently.

Dry fry cumin seeds until toasted. Remove from pan.

Melt other blob of vitalite, fry garlic, onion, chilli and ginger. Once golden add seeds, garam masala and coriander. Remove from heat until lentils are cooked.


Mine at this point went like porridge, I needed to add more water a few times as they really thicken up. At the end I added in my extra mixture.

Vegan Dinner Party

Here it is with the final meal again. Here is the original recipe, I pretty much followed it to the letter. I also used some the next day but will do a new post about that another day.