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150g Split Red Lentils

150g Yellow Split Peas

50ml Coconut oil

1tsp  Cumin Seeds

1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

1/4 tsp Asafetida

12   Cherry Tomatoes

1tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Salt

3 tsp Ground Coriander

1 tsp ground Cumin

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

Fresh Coriander


2 Green Chillies

3 Garlic Cloves

Pinch of Salt


1. Rinse the lentils and yellow split pea and drain.

2. Add 700mls of boiling water to the lentils and spplit peas and bring to the boil. Skim off the froth. Simmer for 25 minutes and add 1tsp of oil.

3. Using a pestle and mortar, crush the chillies and garlic with a pinch of salt. Depending on personal preference you can leave the seeds of the chilli in or take them out. 

4. Heat the remaining coconut oil in a frying pan. Add the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds until they pop.

5. Stir in the asafetida and reduce the heat. 

6. Add the tomoatoes, masala paste, salt, ground coriander, ground cumin and tumeric. Stir this into the cooked lentil mixture.

7. Add 80 ml of boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes. 

8. Add the garam masala and fresh coriander. 

9. Serve with Basmati rice or chapati. 

Tarka Dahl

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