There’s nothing like enjoying tasty food when enjoying the beauty of nature. Here, in the Douro National Park of Portugal we’ve made this flavourful vegan red lentil dal with potato and raisins. Just what we need to refuel us after a hike through this rocky canyon. To sit back and enjoy the view with some tasty and nourishing food.
We love red lentils, as they cook so quick and don’t need to be soaked before cooking. They are simple, quick and nutritious. We buy red lentils in bulk, that’s how much we love them.
This vegan red lentil dal is an easy one pot meal that has got it all. The potatoes give you the carbs, the lentils the protein, and the spices the rich taste. The addition of raisins gives a really nice sweet burst of flavour to complement the spiciness. Choose your favourite curry powder for this recipe. We use a mild, but fully flavoured blend, as we can’t handle too much heat! If you like a bit of chilli, go for a hotter curry powder.
You can make our pressure cooker vegan red lentil dal in under 15 minutes! Just the right thing when you want to spend longer enjoying your meal than cooking it. All you need to do is chop the potato and onion. Then fry the onion and curry leaves in coconut oil until they start to brown. This is what brings out a lot of flavour! Then chuck in the spices, sugar and salt, potatoes, lentils, water and raisins. And give it a good stir before popping the lid on and bringing up to high pressure. All you need to do then is cook for 5 minutes, then switch off and let the pressure release naturally.
If you haven’t got a pressure cooker, then you can still totally make our vegan red lentil dal with potato and raisins. Just follow the same method above, just simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes until the lentils and potatoes are fully cooked. You may need to add more water if it looks like it’s getting a bit too thick. And stir every now and then, so you don’t burn the lentils at the bottom of the pan.
To serve, this red lentil dal goes amazing with a squeeze of lemon juice, and some fresh coriander leaves.
Vegan Red Lentil Dal with Potato and Raisins
- 1 onion small
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp curry leaves
- 1 potato large
- 4 tsp curry powder
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup red lentils
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup raisins
- squeeze lemon juice
- coriander leaves
- Finely chop onion
- Cut potato into cubes
- Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a saucepan or your pressure cooker
- Fry onion and curry leaves in coconut oil
- When the onions are starting to brown add the curry powder, salt and sugar
- Then add the potato, red lentils, water and raisins.
- Put lid on bring up to pressure and to cook for five minutes
- Let pressure release naturally
- If not using a pressure cooker, simply simmer with the lid on until the red lentils and potato are soft. (Approx 20mins) Add more water if necessary.
- Garnish with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of coriander leaves.