Tuesday, 17 January 2012

bill granger's dhal with tamarind and lime - recipe

Mrs White - your will, my command! To be honest I've shortlisted this so many times to try, I can't believe how long it's taken to finally fall under it's umami-spell. I think maybe it looked more complicated that it actually is...

bill granger's dhal with tamarind and lime
serves 4-ish. Let's face it, two with some extras...

200g red lentils
2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions cut into wedges
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
1tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp tumeric
1tsp tamarind paste
Lime juice, to taste
Small bunch of coriander, chopped for garnish

1. Put lentils and 1 litre of cold water in a large saucepan, cover and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until tender.
2. Whilst that's simmering, heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat, and fry the onions with a pinch of salt for 10-12 minutes, until soft and golden. Add the garlic and spices and cook for another two minutes.
3. Add the lentils and any remaining cooking liquid to the pan and simmer for another five minutes, until thickened slightly.
4. Stir in the tamarind paste and cook for another two minutes, stirring occasionally, season and remove from the heat. Squeeze over the lime juice and serve with rice, and the coriander sprinkled over the top.

dhal with tamarind and lime - bill granger, Delicious 2008, p67


  1. How crazy is this? I made Billy G's soup (you know the one) yesterday and spotted this underneath the recipe and thought I defo must get around to cooking that...

    PS - you may want to mention it is Delicious 'FEB' 2008 tsssk.

  2. Naaahh, don't need to now you've done it.

    That little recipe section of his in DELICIOUS FEBRUARY 2008 all looks ace though doesn't it? I want to try the halved sausage thing at some point...