Tomato Dahl With Flatbreads |
A good vegan option for a quick lunch, the lentils in this dahl are a great source of magnesium, fibre and complex carbohydrates, all of which boost the metabolism. This is also very much a 'chuck it in the pan' job, so little fuss for a delicious meal all round. Serve with the flatbreads, straight up or with rice.
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Total Time: 1 Hour
Serves 4


For the dahl:
  • 260g of red split lentils, washed
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp of miso paste
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin of coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp of soya milk yoghurt or coconut milk yoghurt, plus extra to serve
For the flatbreads (makes 6):
  • 200g of white spelt flour extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp of fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
To serve:
  • Small handful of flat leaf parsley, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve


  1. First make the flatbreads. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt together. Add the oil and 5 tbsp of water and bring together into a dough. Gradually add a further 2 tbsp of water to form a smooth and soft dough. It should not be sticky. Knead for 2 minutes just to make sure everything is well combined. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes to rest.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Dust your work surface with flour and roll each ball out into a thin round measuring about 22cm. Dust with flour as you go to ensure the dough doesn’t stick.
  3. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat, add a flatbread and cook for about 1 minute on each side until just cooked through. Remove to a plate and immediately cover with a clean tea towel. Repeat to cook the remaining breads.
  4. Now make the dahl. Put the lentils into a pan with the garlic, soy sauce, curry powder, miso paste, chopped tomatoes and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to stop the lentils sticking to the base of the pan.
  5. Add the yoghurt and simmer for another 5 minutes until you have a creamy dahl. Season to taste.
  6. When the dahl is cooked, warm the flatbreads in a toaster or oven and serve with the lentils, topped with extra yoghurt, chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of Happy Vegan by Fearne Cotton, published by Seven Dials. 

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