There are so many ways to say “dhal”, and I haven’t quite looked into why they are all spelt differently. I am just going to stick with this one, which is how the Sri Lankans spell it. I have made before my creamy vegan coconut dhal (recipe here) which I love. I have however tweaked it slightly to be even better than originally, not by much but it is now idiot-proof!
I ate so much dhal by the bucket load when travelling through Sri Lanka (read my post about how to not get sick travelling) and also try my delicious Sri Lankan beef curry here. It just went so well with rice and flat bread (try out my homemade flatbread recipe here).
This vegan recipe is made with deliciously healing and carminative herbs and spices which include ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, chilli and coriander.
It is a surprisingly simple recipe to make and the more you do it the quicker the process becomes. Its cheap to make as red lentils are readily available at all of the super markets. You can make this dish for as little as $8. Which is so great if you are on a budget.
Why is this dish good for you:
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin (activated by a pinch of pepper (cayenne pepper)) has a list of benefits from anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a blood purifier. It helps us digest food by aiding the pancreas to release pancreatic lipase (digestive enzyme).
Chilli for breakkie i actually a great way to kickstart and stimulate your digestion (read my tips for maintaining healthy digestion here), chilli when in its raw state is a great source of vitamin C, so scatter some raw on top once finished.
Garlic is great, a nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatin) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids.
Ginger is a powerful root herb, great for immunity, infection and can be used for motion sickness, pain relief and can also aid digestion.
Cinnamon has a wonderful carminative effect on the body and will also help balance blood sugars in the body.
Coconut contain manganese which can act as an antioxidant and some essential amino acids for helping your body repair and nourish.
Lentils are a type of legume or pulse. They are high in protein and low in kJ and fat. They have a high dose of protein, fibre (which is great for our cholesterol and digestion (including constipation), it will also help lower our blood sugar spikes, which can help with diabetes management), iron (a good natural source which can help prevent anaemia) and b-vitamins (the B3 (niacin) will help with our energy levels and B9 (folate) which helps promote healthy blood cells and helps reduce the risk of neural birth defects (source (great book!)). They can cause flatulence and bloating, to over come this issue, start off by soaking them, and properly washing them before you cook them. Secondly, start off with small amounts then slowly increase over time.
Hope you enjoy one of my oldies, but my fave!