Banana Dahl

This recipe is from Demuths  cookery school and the Southern Indian cookery day that I took with them a few years ago.

Ingredients  – Serves 6

1 onion , finely sliced

2 garlic  gloves, chopped

2.5cm piece fresh ginger

2 tbsp vegetable oil

pinch turmeric

225g red lentils, well washed and drained

700ml warmed vegetable stock

pinch ground cumin

pinch ground coriander

pinch garam masala

4 firm bananas, thinly sliced

fresh coriander leaves to finish


1.  Fry the onion, garlic and ginger on the oil over a low heat for about 20 minutes until soft and golden.  Add the turmeric and cook for a further 1 minute.

2. Add the lentils to the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes

3.  Add the warmed stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add the spices, season and cook for a further 10 minutes.

5.  A couple of minutes before serving, fold in the bananas and warm through

6.  Garnish with coriander leaves

7.  Serve as part of a thali.