Dhal News and Recipes

Posted on Feb 9, 2019 in News, Recipes

GreenCity Dhal Recipe

We sold a lot of Greencity’s Organic Red Lentil Dhal Mix and several of us are big fans, so we were dismayed to learn that it is no longer available. However, the lovely people at Greencity have come to our rescue. Firstly, they have very kindly shared the recipe for their own Red Lentil Dhal and, secondly, they have sourced a very tasty alternative from Essential Trading (another workers’ cooperative).

So we are now stocking Essential Organic Spicy Dhal Mix, which comes in eco-friendly brown paper packaging and is excellent value at £1.75 for 500g.

Greencity Red Lentil Dhal Recipe

This is excellent with Mrs Uni’s Nan Bread (suitable for vegans) and a dollop of Slack House Farm Organic, Raw, Single-Herd, Natural Yogurt (not suitable for vegans, but Creamy Oat Fraiche from Oatly is a possible alternative). Everything you need is available from our shop. Recipe tried, tasted and approved by GreenCity Wholefoods – our main supplier.

  • 250g Red Lentils
  • 25g Dried Onions
  • 12.5g Garlic Granules
  • 6.5g Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 6.5g Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 3g Turmeric
  • 2.5g Crushed Chillies
  • 2g Curry Leaves
  • 2g Salt
  • 1.6g Ground Ginger
  • 1.2g Brown Sugar

  • Add twice the volume of water to the volume of dried ingredients, including all the spices
  • Bring to the boil and simmer gently
  • Cook until the lentils are soft and the water has been absorbed
  • Add extra water if required
  • Serve with either chopped coriander and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Or thinly sliced garlic fried in sunflower oil until golden brown.
  • Or even both of those!


Essential Organic Spicy Dhal Mix

Essential Workers' CoopNow available at Alston Wholefoods in brown-paper bags @ £1.75 for 500g. Ingredients: Red split lentils, kibbled onion, cumin seed, curry powder, brown mustard seed, garlic granules. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Essential Trading is an independent co-operative business which is working to resist the trends of mass-produced supermarket foods, and is instead developing its own organic range, guaranteed GMO free and with no unnecessary additives.

British Dal Festival

FDal Festival logorom dahl to mushy peas, pulses make delicious meals

The United Nations has designated Sunday 10th February 2019 as the first World Pulse Day in recognition of the contribution pulses make to health, nutrition, food security, biodiversity and fighting climate change.

The Dal Festival celebrates pulses, their many benefits, and the local flavours and traditions that cooks around the world bring to such versatile ingredients.

Find lots dal of recipes on the British Dal Festival website



Also see: Turn up the heat: Curry feature to read more about the ingredients we stock for making curries, from fresh chillis, spices and ghee to ready-made sauces, poppadums and nan bread.