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Yellow Split Pea Dhal

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Serves 4

Tasty split pea dhal.

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  • 250g yellow split pea
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 slices of ginger (can leave peel on)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 red chilli cut into two large pieces
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2cm ginger finely chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tomato chopped (Preferably peeled)
  • 1 bunch chopped coriander leaf.


    1. Rince split pea until water runs clear.
    2. Boil 1 litre of water, add cinnamon stick, turmeric, chilli pieces and 2 slices of ginger. Simmer for 30-45 minutes (check packaging of split pea for recommended cooking lengths.)
    3. Heat oil in frying pan and add cumin seed. Fry for 30 seconds and add onion, chilli (add aditional chilli here if required), ginger. Fry until onion is soft. Add garlic, coriander, garam masala and salt and fry for further two minutes. Add tomato plus 100ml water and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes.
    4. Add spice mix to split pea and stir though. Squeeze in lemon juice and serve topped with coriander leaf.
    5. Eat as a main with roti or as a side.

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2nd Aug, 2016
Delicious recipe. I also had to drain water off but wouldn't put me off doing again. Big thumbs up from the family!
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10th Apr, 2016
Fabulous, easy recipe for delicious dhal. I didn't have fresh ginger so subbed with powered stuff and it was still great!
19th Apr, 2015
Made this as a main course for supper. It was delicious! I didn't have garam masala so just upped the coriander and added some nutmeg. Also the split pea packet said to soak overnight - which meant it was too liquidy so had to drain - maybe no need to soak? Served with roti as suggested and had sour cream on the side. Will definitely become a regular supper!
12th Feb, 2015
Am I supposed to drain the split peas before adding the spice mix please?
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16th Mar, 2016
Oh, I would say so. Have yet to try this dish, but I would suggest it shouldn't be too watery.
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