Dahl (on a budget)

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I am forever sitting in coffee shops (minus the coffee these days) looking for ways to eat healthily on a budget.  Moving to London certainly opened my eyes to the world of sensible money management and how to eat well without spending all my income.

Once you have all the spices in your cupboards for this recipe, all that will be left to purchase is the lentils, onions and vegetables.  This recipe makes 6-8 portions, so for me thats my dinner made for the week.  You may not find it enjoyable to eat the same meal consecutively but I can relax more knowing when I get in from work, my food is ready.

Ingredients:
4 tbsp olive oil (coconut oil)
2 white onions
1/2 tbsp sea salt
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp garamasala
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp agave syrup (optional)
1 1/2 cups of lentils
4 cups of water

Vegetables:
100g baby kale/spinach
1/2 cup of grated carrots
1 cup of tomatoes
100g broccoli

Method:
Heat the olive oil in a pan on a medium to low heat.  Finely chop your onions and add them to the pan with the sea salt.  Let the onions cook until they are soft (about ten minutes).  Next, add the onions, garlic and chilli and stir for another few minutes.  Add your spices, stir well and turn the heat down, you don’t want to burn the spices but the flavour will be more intense by adding them directly to the onions.  Next, add your lentils and water and bring to the boil.  Turn the heat down and let simmer for 15 minutes before adding your broccoli and carrots.  Continue to let the Dahl simmer, until all the water has been absorbed.  Finally stir in your spinach and tomatoes and add salt and pepper to taste.

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