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Broccoli Tarka Dahl

2 spoon difficulty rating

40-60 minutes depending on type of lentil and whether soaked


Broccoli Tarka Dahl

One of our special 'Mood Food' recipes - packed with lots of brain-boosting nutrients including B Vitamins, omegas, amino acids, protein, magnesium and zinc - to help boost your mood, sharpen your mind and combat stress!


  • 200g/ 7oz red lentils or half and half of red lentils and chana dahl
  • 3½ cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ - 1 tsp red chilli powder (according to taste)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp tumeric
  • ¼ tsp + 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Head of broccoli, broken into florets


1. Wash the lentils, then soak them for at least 20 minutes if possible, then swill through under clean water.

2. Place the lentils in a medium-large saucepan, add the water, then bring to the boil before turning down to simmer.

3. Add half the garlic, ½ the onion, ½ tsp cumin seeds and the rest of the spices.

4. Cook for 20-40 minutes, depending on type of lentil used. Mix occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add the broccoli to cook about 15-20 minutes minutes before the end. The smaller the florets the less cooking, obviously. Add in a splash more water to thin the dahl more if you wish.

5. At the end of the cooking time, fry the second ½ of the onion, the remaining garlic and cumin seeds in the oil, until they start to turn golden.

6. Stir this into the lentils, and serve with fresh coriander, with either rice or wholemeal bread.

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