Dal Makhani is a total winner. I know a lot of people (non vegans esp) don’t do lentils. I used to think like that too – but seriously…this is amazing. Even my 6 year old said this is the BEST dinner ever and asked to have it in his lunch boxes for school. Curried lentils for a school lunch? Happy mum! Lentils are AH-mazing for you! And this is moorish. So give it a go :)
It is again a tomato onion based curry however you can add soy milk (traditionally cream). I have used coconut cream. It is also usually quite buttery (that’s the makhani bit) so you can choose if you wish to use an oil like coconut oil or something like nuttelex or another non dairy margarine.
Also lastly, traditionally this has black lentils and red kidney beans. I can’t find black lentils anywhere, much as I’d like to, and I don’t love red kidney beans. So I am beautifully content with whole green lentils and see no need to change it – but go for it if you want to do the bean thing, and if you have access to black lentils.
2 cups whole green lentils
1.5 cups tomato puree
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 inch ginger, finely diced
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tblspn coconut cream
2-3 cups water
Start by either soaking the lentils over night or simmering them for 45 minutes in a quick cooking method. I did the latter, then rinsed them, ready for cooking.
Fry the brown onion for a few minutes before adding the spices. When aromatic, add the lentils and remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes until warmed and ready to eat!
DIVINE with pappadums. Don’t forget them! :)