As part of ALSO Twixtmas Festival, author and founder of Authors for Peace, Priya Basil has supplied her family recipe - Gudy’s Quick Dhalso 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.