A couple years ago, I thought Indian food could be described in two words: Butter Chicken. I was beyond wrong to describe Indian food this way. In fact, over time as I tried more Indian restaurants and spoke to more chefs, I realized this cuisine uses a vast amount of spices and herbs which are incredibly flavourful and bring great depth to each dish.When I lived in the Middle East, many of my colleagues ate dhal. I wasn’t sure how to eat it or what to expect, but after taking my first bite, dhal has become a staple food in my diet. Have you tried dhal? Here is a quick, tasty, and affordable dhal recipe for you to try!
The Taste:
Dhal can be made with different lentils; red, brown, or yellow. This recipe uses red lentils, which I find make a sweeter dhal than brown lentils. Red lentils also take a shorter time to cook and keep their firm texture even after being cooked for longer periods of time (making them ideal for soups and stews!).This dhal recipe was refreshing; combining the sweetness from sauteed onions and red lentils with the earthy taste of cumin. This dhal reminded me of that ‘warm’ feeling you get after drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a rainy day. The onions in the dhal gave it a thick texture, coating the insides of my mouth like a thick milkshake coats a straw. With a slightly nutty flavour and faded orange colour, this dhal defines clean eating; flavourful and nutritious.It’s about balance . . . 
Lentils are a great source of protein and iron, making a great option for vegetarians. Just half a cup of lentils has 10 grams of protein and 3 mg of iron. They also are loaded with fibre, and relatively low in calories and fat. Simply put: lentils are awesome and should be part of your diet!

The best features of lentils: 

  • They are cheap 
  • They taste great
  • They are easy to make &
  • You can make a large batch and keep them in the fridge for days! 

Go on, give them a try! 
Below is a picture of how I incorporated dhal with my meal:

Overall recipe rating: 3.5/5 Kiwis