Dhal is a pretty loose concept. Ho ho. Had to get that one out. Again with the haha.
Always lentil based, usually meat free, it has been the butt of anti-vegetarian fart gags for many a year. But, all joking aside, it’s a simple dish to make, and makes a great side or even main dish for your vegetable-arian friends. But if they ask you if farts come with lumps, just smile and move away…smile and moooove away…
I love making curries, but just having that and plain old rice can be a little dull, so I looked for some dhal recipes and discovered that there is no one way to do it, every sub-continental family will have their own ‘definitive’ version. I’m not a big fan of turmeric, as it tends to add more colour than flavour, so my special version is without.
On reflection, it tasted fantastic, actually better than the main chicken dish it was supporting, but it’s certainly not fart-free. I have read that the asafoetida ‘aids digestion’ and reduces the flatulatory properties, but a fart free lentil? It simply doesn’t exist… however, my recipe uses very little oil so it’s much, much healthier than the tarka dhal’s you’ll get in take-aways.
For the recipe, click here