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With the recent move into autumn and recognising the need for heartier dishes during these colder months, what better way to start than with the ultimate Indian home comfort food, the Black Dhal (sometimes spelt ‘daal’ or ‘dal’). A stand-out recipe for us at Cookt, dhal is loaded with fibre, protein, magnesium, and all the good stuff. It’s also a great dish to master when cooking on a budget — how could we not share this all-rounder with you?

A thick puree-like soup made from lentils, dhal is an indispensable dish to most Indian thalis. We know at first, cooking a dhal can sound a little daunting, especially if you don’t fancy spending a day standing and stirring at the stove, but trust us on this one — it’s quicker than most and the outcome is well-worth it. It can be served up as part of a feast, or choose it as your hero dish alongside some rice or roti — though we here prefer mopping it all up with a delicious puri. …



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