Almost Mum’s Dahl

Nothing perks me up like my Mum’s Dahl, and now that I’m out of home I decided it was time I learnt how to make it myself. To me it felt like a daunting task because a) nothing tastes as good as what Mum makes and b) I don’t quite know how to cook off of instinct like Mum does. I’m getting better at it, and while I think I almost got Mum’s taste, it just wasn’t made with her love 😉. Still tasted amazing though and I will keeps this in my cooking rotation. 

Some tips for this recipe:

  • Make sure to wash your Dahl until the water is clear
  • Too much turmeric will leave you with a bitter tasting Dahl, not enough and you won’t have that subtle taste in your Dahl, so make sure to taste as you cook and add and adjust as you go
  • Don’t add the turmeric at the end of cooking the Dahl. Raw turmeric is not a great taste, so cook it out
  • Fresh chilli will give you a milder chilli taste (as long as you chuck it in whole) and dried chilli gives a stronger taste

Dahl is very versatile and can be served a variety of ways. Here I served it with rice, a spinach and onion mix, fresh chilli and fish. If I was being true to my Mum’s way (and not being ultra lazy) I would serve it with turmeric fish (and not frozen like I did) and eggplant and maybe some chutney. Anything goes really. 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 2 cups red lentils (washed)
  • 2 cups of stock or hot water
  • 1 brown onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1 chilli fresh or dries

How to Make:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the onion to the hot oil. Keep cooking the onion until it gets to a light brown colour, then add your garlic and cook until the onion is a deep brown and getting crisp. Take off heat and put aside
  2. To a saucepan, add the stock or hot water to the lentils and bring to a simmer
  3. Add your turmeric, sugar and chilli and give a good stir
  4. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Make sure to give it a good stir every now and then as Dahl does tend to stick to the bottom
  5. If your Dahl is too thick for you, add water to thin out

Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you’ve made this and what your favourite dishes your Mum makes. 

Published by bloomandfind

Just a lost 20 something year old, blooming and finding her way through life

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