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There are a dozen different ways to make dhal, and each one relies on different techniques and sets of ingredients. It is a very versatile dish, and honestly I am yet to taste a version I didn’t like!

This recipe is one of the most basic versions of dhal you will find! It has just 5 ingredients! Cannot get simpler than that! O.K. time to stop with the exclamations, but once you cook this version, you will know the reason for the excitement.  This is what I call comfort food; rice, dhal, papads and a spicy pickle, there is nothing better. Well unless you get your mum or dad to make it for you! It is a very simple meal, and I guess that’s what makes it so special, the simplicity.



Prep time: 5| Cooking time: 20 min | Serves: 4




In a pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once hot (you will notice a shimmer on the surface of the oil, takes about 30 seconds to heat up) add the red chillis.

Stir, wait for 10 seconds before adding the dhal, water and turmeric. Let simmer for 20 minutes, till the dhal is tender. At this time the dhal still holds its shape. If you would like it thicker and smoother cook for another 10 minutes.

Season with salt to taste, turn off the heat and add the ghee. Stir and serve hot with a bowl of rice, or home made naan and a side of masala prawns or one-bite fish pakoras



- Masoor dhal (red lentils) can be found in any Indian store, or in the international isle of a grocery store.

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