Sweet & sour lentil dhal with grilled aubergine

Sweet & sour lentil dhal with grilled aubergine

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2
Spice up supper with this superhealthy recipe that's high in fibre, packed with iron and counts as 4 of your 5-a-day - it's cheap too!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal325
  • fat13g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre7g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.72g


  • 100g red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste (we used Bart)



    A seed pod from the tamarind tree that is used extensively in South-East Asian and Indian…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3cm/1¼ inch piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 medium aubergine, cut into 2 cm slices



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • cooked basmati rice, lime or mango chutney and a few coriander leaves, to serve, if you like


  1. Cover the lentils, turmeric and tamarind paste with 500ml water. Add some salt and boil for 15 mins or until very soft. Skim off any foam that forms on the top. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the oil and cook the onion, garlic and ginger until golden, about 5 mins.

  2. Add the curry powder and cook for a further 2 mins. Pour in the lentil mixture and cook for another 10 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan until very hot. Rub the remaining oil over the aubergine slices and season. Cook for 2-3 mins each side until cooked through and charred. Eat with basmati rice, lime or mango chutney and a sprinkling of coriander, if you like.

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18th Jul, 2012
I had no Tamarind so used Sambal Manis instead, plus added some ground coriander, cumin and a little bit of chilli to the frying mixture. I added some seasoning to the Aubergine, a few Moroccan spices and tumeric so that it turned out a lovely colour. The Dhal was delicious and as always, the flavours develop over night and it's even better the next day!
8th Jun, 2012
Brilliant recipe; absolutely love this. I doubled the recipe and added a little extra of the paste, turmeric and ginger and it made a really flavoursome and interesting dish. Would definitely make this again
12th May, 2012
Loved this - used lime juice instead of tamarind paste - served with some naan. Will make again for sure!
6th Apr, 2012
This was delicious! I added dried chillis, cumin and garam masala. I served it with rice and homemade pitta bread, I would have put some fresh coriander on too if I had any! I will be making this again!
13th Feb, 2012
I thought this tasted sour, dry and generally unpleasant. It is called sweet and sour, but I cannot see where the sweetness should come from. Perhaps it would have been better by adding some chopped or canned tomatoes, but I will not be making this again
17th Jan, 2012
Delicious. I was a little worried during cooking that there was too much liquid, but it was perfect at the end. I used ground cumin, coriander and garam masala instead of curry powder, then served with nan bread and mango chutney. The grilled aubergine and smokey lentils make a really good combination. Yum.
13th Dec, 2011
Excellent. I added more spices to the lentils (actually I used split mung beans) such as mustard, cumin and chilli. Also added curry leaves and a bit of cocoanut milk powder. I fried the aubergine in salt, pepper and turmeric. Really good. Will do again.
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18th Oct, 2011
Excellent, I was a bit worried it looked boring when cooking but it all comes together beautifully at the end. I followed Claire's tip and served with a tomato and onion salad. Worked perfectly. No changes needed. Will make again and again!
23rd Aug, 2011
This is absolutely gorgeous, especially with the aubergine. Great to take to work for lunch when you are on a low-fat, low carb diet.
22nd Jun, 2011
Ha ha!! Just noticed my mistake in above comment. I served it with a tomato and onion SALAD and not a tomato and onion!!! Also forgot to rate, ooopps!!


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