Dhal with garam masala carrots served in a bowl

Dhal with garam masala carrots

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 1

If you're looking for a budget vegetarian meal for one, look no further than this delicious dhal topped with spicy carrots. It's healthy and low-calorie too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal475
  • fat19g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre10g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 75g red lentils
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • knob of salted butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 carrots, cut into batons



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • ½ tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 1 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji, optional)
  • 1 tsp Greek yogurt


  1. Cook the lentils in 500ml water with the garlic clove for around 20 mins until the lentils are tender. Fish the garlic clove out, crush it and stir it back into the lentils with the butter. Season well. It should be spoonable like a thick soup – keep simmering if it’s not thick enough.

  2. Put the carrots in a pan, just cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer until just tender, about 8-10 mins. Drain, then toss in the oil and garam masala. Tip into a frying pan and fry until the carrots start to brown, then add the nigella seeds, if using, and fry for another min.

  3. Serve the dhal in a bowl with the yogurt and carrots, with the remaining spices and oil from the pan on top.

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13th Mar, 2018
Great idea for the base of a recipe but I would really recommend adding a variety of ingredients and spices to lift it to another level. For the Dahl I sauteed a shallot, half a chilli, a chunk of grated ginger and 2 garlic cloves . I then added a generous pinch of turmeric, cumin and ground coriander. It was really delicious and I will definitely make it again.
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