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Recipe of the Week: Chana Dahl with Roast Vegetables

Chana Dhal with Roast Vegetables


This is the most flavourful vegetarian dish I have ever tasted, it’s absolutely delicious, and the contrast in texture between the dahl and the roast veg makes it extra special.

Chana Dhal with Roast Vegetables

  • Servings: 6
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Calories 319 per portion
Fat 9g (1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

For the dahl

  • For the dahl
  • Yellow split peas 300g (11oz)
  • Rapeseed oil 1 tbsp
  • Red onions 2, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2–4 cloves, peeled and chopped
  • Root ginger 5cm (2in) piece, finely chopped
  • Red chilli 1, deseeded and chopped
  • Fresh coriander 25g (1oz), stalks and leaves chopped separately
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Garam masala 2 tbsp
  • Ground cumin 2 tsp
  • Whole plum tomatoes 400g can
  • Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Limes 2, juice squeezed

For the roasted vegetables

  • Rapeseed oil 3 tbsp
  • Cauliflower 450g (1lb), broken into florets
  • Large Chantenay carrots 450g (1lb), halved lengthways or quartered if thick
  • Celeriac 300g (11oz), peeled and cut into wedges
  • Garam masala 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 2 tsp
  • Ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • Black mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Curly kale 110g (4oz), large stalks removed and chopped
  • Naan breads 6, warmed, to serve


  1. Soak the split peas overnight in cold water, then rinse and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, chilli, chopped coriander stalks, bay leaves and spices and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes, the stock and the peas. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 1½–2 hours until the peas have softened.
  3. For the roasted vegetables, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large roasting tin for 5 minutes. Coat the cauliflower, carrots and celeriac in the oil and roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the spices and stir well. Add the kale and roast for a further 15–20 minutes until the kale is crisp and the carrots and cauliflower just tender.
  5. When ready to serve, add the lime juice and half the coriander leaves to the dhal. Serve with the roast vegetables and naan bread and garnish with the remaining coriander.

Cook’s tip
If you prefer, cook the dhal in the oven at 150°C/130°fan/Gas 2 for 2 hours.


Green Omelette

A delicious watercress omelette made in just 10 minutes

Green Omelette from Dairy Diary 2012Serves 1 Time 10 mins
Calories 442 per portion
Fat 41g of which 20.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Watercress 25g (1oz), finely chopped, plus extra to serve
Soft cheese 25g (1oz)
Single cream 1 tbsp
Eggs 2 Milk 2 tsp
Butter 15g (½oz)
Chunky oven chips to serve, optional

1 Mix watercress with soft cheese, cream and a little pepper.

2 In a separate bowl and using a fork, lightly beat eggs and milk with some freshly ground black pepper.

3 Melt butter in a small frying pan over a fairly high heat. When frothing, pour in eggs. Lightly fork to centre of pan for about 3 minutes, or until all mixture has set underneath but top remains slightly runny. Remove from heat.

4 Spoon filling in centre and fold omelette over. Turn on to a warm plate, garnish with watercress and serve with chunky oven chips, if desired

Recipe taken from 2012 Dairy Diary.

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