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Root Vegetable and Red Lentil Dhal

Wednesday 1 January 2014
We were craving a hearty and filling lunch on a cold, wet and miserable day so I made this delicious meal which fed all 5 of us generously.  It is a very thrifty dish costing just under 20p per portion.  Served with homemade pita bread at 5p each it is a great packed lunch option if you take a flask to work, or can be heated up for a warming and filling meal on the go.  This Dhal also freezes well, I made double and froze it in portions for those times we need a quick meal from the freezer. 

Root Vegetable and Red Lentil Dhal

1 Tblsp oil 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, diced
500g peeled and grated root vegetables, I used 2 large carrots and a swede
1 litre vegetable stock
100g red lentils, washed
1 Tblsp curry powder, I used mild 
1 Tblsp vegemite or marmite (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

Put the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the cumin seed and fry until the seeds start to pop and are fragrant.  Add the onions and soften for a minute or two before adding the grated vegetables.  Stir then leave to soften for 10 minutes.  Add the vegetable stock, lentils and curry powder. Stir to combine then bring to a simmer.  Simmer with the saucepan lid ajar for 30 minutes.  Add the vegetmite or marmite and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Simmer a little more if necessary to thicken the dhal.  I served ours with a granary bread roll but it would be fab with cooked rice, naan or pita bread.


Dhal - serves 5
oil 2p
cumin seeds 2p
vegetables, half a casserole pack 50p
stock cubes 13p
red lentils 26p
curry powder 5p
Total 98p

Pita Breads - makes 10 or 12 depending on size
White bread flour 13p
Brown bread flour 12p
Yeast 11p
White sugar 8p
Total 44p


  1. This looks delicious and just what I want to eat at the moment as it's so horrible outside. Also love the fact that it is so incredibly cheap and easy to make, I have all the ingredients in the kitchen so I think this is dinner one night this week :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it Jen, it is just the thing in this awful weather. Let me know how you like it :o)

    2. Made this tonight with parsnip and carrot plus some cabbage that was lurking in the back of the fridge, perfect comfort food and will be a regular on the menu here this winter. Thanks for the recipe :-)

  2. Oh wow, that looks perfect for packed lunches next week. We're on a huge economy drive for the wedding so it's ideal - I might dry fry or bake some slightly elderly kale I've got lingering around as a crispy topping too.


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