Red lentils in a white bowl on a piece of slate
Zero Waste Dhal

I made one tiny variation to make this a plastic-free recipe (aka, a recipe that you can make from ingredients that are easy to source without packaging – red lentils, onions, garlic and root ginger, desiccated coconut, and spices).

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups red lentils (rinsed)
  • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsps garam masala
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander / 1 tsp ground coriander (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach or nettles leaves (if desired)
  1. Soften the onion in the coconut oil on a medium heat in a heavy bottomed pan.

  2. Add the garlic and ginger, and fry for another few minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

  3. Add the spices and stir in for a couple of minutes.

  4. Add the rinsed lentils to the pan and stir; follow with a cup of water. 

  5. Now you'll need to cook the lentils down until they're soft, adding a little more water each time the lentils get dry.

  6. When the lentils are soft and crumbly, blend the desiccated coconut with a dash of water in a food processor, and stir.

  7. If desired, you can add fresh spinach or wild foraged nettle leaves at this stage, along with the chopped coriander. 

  8. Serve with wild rice and a side salad.