Black dhal

Black Dhal

In need of a restorative food hug while suffering from an annoying bout of ‘summer’ flu, I cooked up a big vat of Anna Jones’ Black dhal from her fabulous book a modern way to eat.

Although it’s called black dhal, the finished dish is actually a chocolaty brown colour, however, the uncooked black lentils are little white gems with a black husk. I’d never come across black lentils (also known as urad dhal or black gram), and thought that I’d struggle to find them. Luckily, I have a very handy International Supermarket on my high street, which as its’ name suggests, sells a wealth of international produce. If you can’t find what you need in here, you won’t find it anywhere. Having hunted the ‘grains pulses wall’ (yes, you heard right, there is a wall of grains and pulses), I came across Urid Dal. Not sure whether I’d found what I needed, I bought it anyway, and with the help of Google discovered it was just what I needed. Hoorah. Continue reading

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Dhal with crispy sweet potato and quick coconut chutney

Dhal

I love dhal. Every time I see a dhal recipe I feel compelled to give it a go. That was before I discovered Anna Jones’ dhal with crispy sweet potato and quick coconut chutney from her book a modern way to eat. It’s the pot of golden dhal at the end of my dhal searching rainbow. Continue reading