Indian Daal with Spiced Roast Potatoes Recipe | Abel & Cole
Indian Daal with Spiced Roast Potatoes
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
This cosy, comforting daal is flavoured with an aromatic mix of warming spices and topped with crisp roast potatoes and bright green broccoli.
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611 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 150g dried red lentils
  • 400g potatoes
  • A head of broccoli
  • 1½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 chilli
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
From your kitchen
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 500ml boiling water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Tip the lentils into a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside to soak. Heat your oven to 200°C/ Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a roasting tin and slide into the oven to heat.

  • 2.

    Peel the potatoes and chop them into small chunks around 3cm across. Tip them into a bowl. Measure out ½ tsp each of the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds and add to the bowl with 1 tsp garam masala and some seasoning.

  • 3.

    Toss the potatoes and spices together. Tip into the roasting tin, making sure they're well spread out. Roast for 20 mins. While the potatoes roast, break the broccoli into small florets. Add to the tin after 20 mins and roast for 15-20 mins more.

  • 4.

    While the potatoes roast, peel and finely chop the onion. Warm a pan over a low heat for 1 min. Add ½ tbsp oil and the onion. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cover and sweat for 5 mins.

  • 5.

    While the onion cooks, peel and grate the garlic and ginger. Halve the chilli. For less heat, flick out the seeds and white bits. Finely chop it.

  • 6.

    Drain the lentils and add to the onion. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chilli. Add 1 tsp each of the cumin, coriander and fennel seeds along with 1 tsp of the garam masala. Tip in 6 curry leaves. Add 1 cinnamon stick and 1 bay leaf.

  • 7.

    Pour in 500ml boiling water. Cover and turn up the heat. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium and simmer the lentils for 15 mins till they’re soft and smell aromatic. Fish out the cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Ladle the lentils into warm bowls. Top with the roast potatoes and broccoli to serve.

  • Tip

    Spice world
    You'll probably have a little of all the spices left over. Tip them into a clean jar, including the remaining cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Seal and store in your spice cupboard – it’s a ready made spice mix for your next curry.

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