This dhal is one of those perfect warming, comfort foods for a dark winter’s evening after work. The fact that you can pop it into your slow cooker on a morning and come home to wonderful aromas and an easy meal makes it even better. This is naturally gluten free and is suitable for vegans. Serves four but keeps well if you are cooking for one or two. Tasty, healthy food with minimum effort!
So, this meal is quick to do but does take a bit of forethought. For starters you need to soak the beans overnight. It’s important you don’t skip this step or they won’t be fully cooked when you come to eat the food.
250g black urid beans
2 large white onions, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp chilli powder (optional)
2 tbsp chopped coriander to serve
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 jalapeno chilli, chopped
1 medium sized squash (or 1 bag of pre-prepped squash), chopped into 1cm thick slices or cubes
Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Once you are ready to use them drain and rinse well.
Set your slow cooker to heat.
Warm a little oil in a large pan, then add the onions, garlic and ginger, and cook slowly for 10 mins until the onions are starting to caramelise. Stir in the spices and 100ml hot water. Pour into the slow cooker. Add the tinned tomatoes, urid beans and red chilli. Top up with a further 400ml boiling water. Season well, set the slow cooker to Low and cook for 6 hrs minimum (or if you don’t have a slow cooker cover pan and cook for 2 hrs over a very low heat on the hob). Once cooked, the dhal should be very thick and the beans tender.
Half an hour before you are ready to eat pre-heat an oven to 200C then roast the pumpkin for approx. 20 minutes until soft inside and roasted on outside.
Divide the dhal into four bowls. Top with coriander and roasted pumpkin. You can add flat bread and yoghurt for a more substantial meal.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Registered Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.