How many people are doing Veganuary this year? If you’re trying vegan for the first time it can be challenging knowing what to eat. We recommend planning meals around the mighty legume: beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and soybeans. They’re nutritious, cheap, and have a low carbon footprint. Here’s a recipe for a delicious and easy-to-make dahl using red lentils that can feed a family of four.
1 ½ cups red lentils
2 cups water
1 can chopped tomatoes in juice
2 cloves garlic
walnut sized knob of ginger, grated (optional – I keep fresh ginger in the freezer as this makes it easy to grate whenever you need it)
2 tsp sugar
1 – 1 ½ tbsp vinegar (I think cider vinegar is best)
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp tumeric
1 ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
Salt to taste
Chop the onion and garlic (and ginger, if using) and cook gently in a tablespoon of water (you can use oil if you prefer). Add the spices and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add the 2 cups of water, salt, sugar, vinegar and washed lentils. Simmer till lentils are nearly cooked and liquid is reduced. Add the can of tomatoes and continue to simmer for a bit longer, until the dhal reaches the consistency you want. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. You can also add vegetables such as green beans, spinach, or kale towards the end. Serve with rice or couscous.