Recipes of the lockdown: Hayley’s simple and delicious Dahl

Hayley’s simple and delicious Dahl

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed/chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1- 2 tablespoons curry powder, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup small red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 2-3 bay leaves, to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tin tomatoes, (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic till fragrant, add onions and cook until they begin to soften.
  • Add curry powder and salt, to taste, to the garlic and onion mixture, and cook over medium heat till the mixture begins to brown.
  • Add lentils and stir for a minute or so before adding water, the bay leaves, and cinnamon stick. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down very low and simmer for 20minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, and simmer a further 10minutes, until thick. The lentils should be soft and the consistency just liquid enough to pour. Add coconut milk and lemon juice. Stir through, and remove from heat.
  • Serve over rice with lime pickle and mango chutney.

Bon Apétit,

Hayley x

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