Makes approximately 4 serves


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cm piece ginger, peeled and grated or lightly crushed
  • 2 cm piece turmeric, peeled and grated or lightly crushed
  • 4 sprigs coriander, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 400 ml can coconut cream or coconut milk, if preferred
  • 1½ cups chicken bone broth or vegetable stock, if preferred
  • 3 tablespoons almond meal
  • 3 teaspoons moringa powder
  • Sea salt to taste   Note: Sea salt lifts the flavours in this dahl 
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ small lime
  • Lime zest for garnish
  • Coriander sprigs for garnish 

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large pan, melt the coconut oil over a low to medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander sprigs and spices for approximately 2 minutes. Prepare to be captivated, as your kitchen transforms into a fragrant haven, infusing your home with the irresistible allure of pungent, earthy aromas.
  3. Add grated carrot, grated zucchini, tomatoes, lentils, curry leaves, coconut cream, chicken bone broth, almond meal and moringa powder, and stir.
  4. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste, and stir. 
  5. Leave to slowly simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked and most of the moisture is absorbed.
  6. When cooked, squeeze in a little lime juice to taste.
  7. Garnish with coriander sprigs and lime zest.

Serve with poppadoms and/or naan bread.

Spoon the dahl over cauliflower rice or quinoa, or add a side dish of rice.

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