As part of ALSO Twixtmas Festival, author and founder of Authors for Peace, Priya Basil has supplied her family recipe - Gudy’s Quick Dhal - so we can eat together as part of our virtual supper club.
(Serves two generously - or one in need of comfort)
- 1 cup split red lentils (rinsed)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
- ¼ teaspoon tumeric
- a handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped (stems included)
- 6 tablespoons Passata
- ½ teaspoon salt
Put all the ingredients in a pan, add hot water to cover, bring to a boil. Then lower heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, adding a little more water if necessary.
Meanwhile, prepare the tharka:
- 1 tablespoon oil (olive or coconut oil, or ghee)
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1 flat teaspoon cumin (whole)
- 1-2 fresh green chillies, finely chopped (and de-seeded for a milder kick)
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the cumin seeds and then the garlic and chill and cook until the garlic is lightly browned. Add the tharka to the dhal pan and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add another ½ teaspoon salt and one tablespoon fresh lemon juice – or more to taste.
Serve sprinkled with fresh coriander and a serving of plain rice.