This Almond Dal Recipe is a bit like a cheat’s curry. It is really simple to make but you can really get creative with it and it tastes amazing! It consists of quite a lot of lentils so you don’t really need to add rice or anything for it to sit on. The sauce and the lentils make for a substantial dish on their own.
You can add or subtract ingredients as you wish. Another interesting and creamy flavour to try would be a coconut dal. Just replace the almonds with coconut products. As I say, Let your creativity flow with it.
Here is my Almond Dal Recipe
- 1/2 a vegetable stock pot
- 250ml / 1 cup water
- 150g / 3/4 cup red split lentils
- 100ml / 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- a tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped (This was to substitute chilli. If you want a bit of a kick, go with chilli)
- 1tbsp of curry powder
- 3 handfuls of baby spinach
- 2 tbsp ground almonds
- 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped.
- In a pot, boil your water and your stock pot. Rinse your lentils for half a minute and add to your stock before reducing it to a gentle simmer. Cook this for 10 minutes and then you can add your almond milk. Cook for a further 5 minutes and then take it off the heat.
- While all that is going on, you can prep your garlic, onion, tomatoes/chilli, and ginger. Finely chop the lot.
- Heat a dash of olive oil on a medium heat and fry off your onions. When they’re starting to brown, throw in the rest of your finely chopped ingredients. Once you’ve fried the lot for a couple of minutes, stir in your curry powder.
- Put the spinach in with the finely chopped ingredients until it has wilted. Take it off the heat and add it to your lentils when they’re done.
- Give your mix a taste, if you’re not happy with the flavour then add some salt and pepper to taste.
- Toast your almonds quickly in a hot pan. Keep an eye on them because they will brown very fast! Save some to dust over the top but put the rest into your dal mixture with your coriander.
- To garnish, sprinkle over the rest of your toasted ground almonds and add a sprig of coriander on top. All that’s left to do now is eat it!
What did you think?
I hope you like this almond dal recipe! As a big fan of curry, this makes a nice change from my perspective. It’s great to have new takes on already great dishes. You can also check out my recipe for Homemade Chapatis and Amy’s recipe for falafels which would go down a treat with this dish! What are you going to do differently? Let me know in the comments and if you like this recipe, do give it a share! We always appreciate it!
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