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Harj's Lentils

Not just delicious, but cheap to make!

Total calories 1308, feeds 4 = 327 calories

250g red lentils (778 calories) (and/or a combination of mung yellow lentils & chana dal pulses)

2 tsp turmeric (18 calories)

Boiling water – (approx. 2 kettles)


3 onions (159 calories)

Garlic – 1-2 frozen block (5 calories)

Ginger - 1-2 blocks (5 calories)

3x green chillies add more if you like it spicier (5 calories)

2tbsp olive oil (246 calories)

1-2tsp cumin seeds (15 calories)

250g Passata (69 calories)

1tsp garam masala (8 calories)

Coriander (optional)

Method: Wash all lentils in saucepan with warm water - drain water and add boiling water.

Add salt & turmeric, bring to the boil be careful not let it boil over then turn gas down and simmer, cover saucepan but didn’t cover completely otherwise dhal will boil over - leave to simmer stirring occasionally until it starts to thicken and looks like soup consistency.

This can take up to 30-45mins to get right consistency.


Chop onions add to separate saucepan and add olive oil.

Cook for 5 mins and add garlic, ginger, chopped chili & cumin seeds, if onions start sticking to saucepan keep adding water.

You need to cook onions until they are more or less purée, then add tomatoes. Cook onions/tomatoes until they look like a paste then add to the lentils which should now have cooked and look like soup. Also add 1tsp of garam masala and coriander if required.

Harj uses the same base for all of her curries so experiment, she makes a cabbage and pea one that's incredible!

All calories are taken from The UK's top rated diet website | Nutracheck you can also find calories on the NHS website Calorie checker - NHS ( which is also powered by the Nutracheck app.

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