Celebrating the Magic of Dal

The British Dal Festival celebrated the magic of dal and similar pulse dishes from around the world, through events across Bristol, culminating in our Grand Dal Finale on Sunday 25th March.

The festival also featured a dal trail around the city's eateries, activities in schools, and we collected and shared dal recipes and stories.

We hope to have provided a chance to share and celebrate recipes from all our communities, spreading the love for an affordable, healthy, sustainable and, above all, delicious dish.

"Cooking dal is magical; a couple of handfuls of pulses cooked up with nothing more than water and a few spices delivers one of the most comforting, nutritious and economical dishes on earth."
Jenny Chandler, author of Pulse and UN European Pulse Ambassador in 2016


What is Dal?

The Hindi word dal can mean either a split pulse - that’s a lentil, pea, bean or other legume - or a stew or soup made with any kind of pulses, whether whole or split. We're celebrating the traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside sister pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain’s pease pudding and mushy peas. More about dal...