Dal Saag - Split Yellow Pea & Spinach Dal

Jenny Chandler, author of the superb recipe book Pulse, created this recipe for Hodmedod's British-grown split yellow peas. A variant on classic chana dal, this can be served as part of an Indian feast or eaten for a comforting simple supper with some flatbread or rice.

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Polly Robinson
Gopal's Curry Shack's "Roald Dal"

The wonderful and multi-award-winning Gopal's Curry Shack will be serving up various special dals and pulse dishes as part of the British Dal Festival Dal Trail. We're delighted that they've shared Mel's closely guarded recipe for this sumptuous coconut dal otherwise know as "Roald Dal".

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Polly Robinson
Fava Santorini

Despite the name this dish from the Greek island of Santorini is made not with fava beans but with split yellow peas - or more traditionally with a local variety of grass pea, an entirely different species of pulse. Either way it makes a simple but delicious dip and, in our book, counts as a dal by another name.

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Rasam

Rasam is a Southern Indian soupy tomato dhal flavoured with tamarind. It’s a super quick dhal to make as it's made with red lentils that cook quickly. This recipe is from Rachel Demuth of Demuth's Cookery School, where the dish is part of their Southern Indian Cookery classes, served with idlis and coconut chutney.

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Moong Dal with Cashews

This wonderful recipe from Kolkata has been shared with us by Chetna Makan, from her book Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India. "This special lentil dish from Kolkata is prepared in a way that is very different to how I would normally cook moong dal."

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Curcumin Loaded Chana Dal

Kalpna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, has contributed this recipe from her mum, along with its story. This dal can be either eaten as a one-bowl dinner or as a soup. It tastes even better the next days so make double the quantity.

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