Dahl for the masses

yummy dahl

A good dish to feed adults, kids, toddlers and even babies is this dahl recipe on rice. Leave out the garlic and ginger for babies if you like but I was amazed at how quickly Amelia downed this stuff when she was less than a year old, even with a little garlic included. Actually, now that I remember back — leave out the turmeric for babies as it is almost impossible to wash the yellow stains out of clothes.

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serves 4-6 (depending on appetites and accompaniments; rice, bread, pappadams etc).

Olive oil for frying
1 clove of garlic finely chopped or crushed
a thumb-sized Knob of ginger peeled and grated
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup of red lentils, washed well and drained
3 cups of hot water
1 400g tin of diced tomatoes
1 sweet potato (yam) cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil and then fry the onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is a golden brown. Add the turmeric and fry for a minute. Add lentils and fry for another couple of minutes. Add three cups of hot water, tinned tomatoes, sweet potato and cinnamon. Bring to boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add garam masala, salt and pepper after about 10-15 minutes. Cook until soft and mushy. If the dahl seems too wet, let it cook for a while without the lid on.

dahl photo

Serve on rice with pappadams (which seem to be the big seller in our house), natural yogurt and for the adults lashings of lime pickle.

9 Responses to “Dahl for the masses”

  1. Caroline

    Wow. I made this for dinner and it was a hit. The only thing I changed was to add half a chilli (the kids have decided they like chilli – yay!) and omitted the garam masala (I don’t like it). Yum. The kids ate ALL of their dinner and the grown ups added hot relish that made their mouths burn. What more can you ask for? Thanks!

  2. Nadine

    I’ve been a big Loobylu fan for a long time and have been reading Kiddley since you started it. I just wanted to leave a comment and say that I just heard one of the radio announcers on my local radio station announce this link for listeners with kids! The radio station is http://cjvr.com and it’s in Melfort, Saskatchewan – you’ve made it around the world!

  3. shinyruby

    i LURVE dahl! thanks for a golden recipe, i can’t get enough! even better, this dish is great to freeze…. so for the nights when takeaway seems to be the only option, a healthy microwave meal is the answer! x

  4. Anastasia

    I was planning Lentils and Rice for tonights dinner – I think I’ll give this recipe a go
    Looks good (and easy too!)
    Great site – enjoying it!

  5. mandy

    I love dahl and my son loved it as a baby as well. It freezes great, so I’d make a big batch, freeze in ice cube trays and just defrost as needed. thanks for sharing, no one seems to believe me on this one,

  6. Reen

    Long time viewer first time post-ing person =P
    Just thought i’d let you know that even for the babies, dahl is best cooked with garlic and then removed at the end if you like. Lentils generally cause gas and the garlic tends to neutralise this + it’s super good for you

  7. Penni

    We add freshly squeezed orange juice to ours towards the end of cooking (the juice of one orange)…
    Interesting note about garlic Reen.

  8. Loz

    Great awesome recipie – not too mention great tips from readers. Another idea also is to use Ghee for frying (available from health food stores and indian grocers). It’s essentially clarified butter, doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and is super flavoursome and rich – so you only need a little bit of it as it goes a long way. =)

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