Things I have been cooking lately #2: End of the month dhal

This is the cheapest, tastiest, easiest thing I know to cook. It probably costs a total of about £1 to make and will fill you right up. If you don’t fancy eating it on its own, you could use it as a side dish and if you want to stretch it even further, you can increase the stock and make it into a soup.

End of the month dhal

100g red lentils

3 tomatoes, roughly chopped

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon garam masala

400ml chicken stock

Half a red chilli, finely chopped – at the supermarket they always want to sell you a bag of 5 chillies, I can never get through 5 chillies before they go off so I buy the little pots of pre-chopped chilli. More expensive but if you think of all the chillies I’ve had to throw away, not really. I put in about half a teaspoon of that. Alternatively if you really are VERY broke you can use half a teaspoon of hot chilli powder or flakes. Also if you like your food hotter/milder you can dial the chilli up or down accordingly.

1 small onion, grated

½ a small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped (optional)

Chuck everything, except the fresh coriander in a pot. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for twenty minutes. Stir in the coriander if using. Done. If you want to make it a little creamier you can also stir in a tablespoon of natural yoghurt after it’s finished simmering. Serves 2.


  1. Nikki Isaacs

    I’ve learnt to freeze my chillis, works like a charm! Before I use them I just run them under warm water. That way you never run out… 🙂

  2. Abbi

    That is a very good idea. I do that with my fresh herbs. I just wish we had a bigger blerrie freezer. Ours is like a letter box!

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