Lunch Dhal’ing… Use up fridge Veg -Coconut Dhal for workday lunches served with Homemade Chapati

Fridge is running down nicely, but still have a fair bit of Veg to use up, so I thought I would make some Coconut and lentil Dhal for work lunches, with some Homemade Chapati to dip.


I have made this before, but I wanted to show how a few odds and ends can make a weeks work of work lunches for pennies. Β I am using the Thermomix, but a large pan will work just as well, just more mixing and chopping.


Into the Thermomix bowl I add a medium carrot chopped into 4, a peeled onion, again chopped in 4, same with the pepper, Β 2 peeled cloves of garlic, an inch of peeled ginger and whizz on speed 5 for 5 seconds.


5 seconds from large chunks to pulp – I love my Thermomix.


I then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tin of coconut milk, 200g of lentils, a teaspoon each of cumin and coriander, a pinch of chilli flakes, and of salt and pepper. Cook at speed 2 for 25 minutes, heat 100.


Season to taste and Ta-da – done…


I then tip this into plastic soup mugs, leave to cool and pop into,the freezer till you need them πŸ€—

The Chapati are easy as anything, I make a dozen at a time and freeze them.


2 cups of plain flour and half that of plain yoghurt, a splash of olive oil, a pinch of salt and mix together till it forms a smooth dough.


Leave to rest for 20 minutes.


Cut into 12 pieces.


Heat a dry frying pan or Tawa over medium heat, roll out each piece till very thin using some flour to stop them sticking, and pop in the pan for a couple of minutes each side till bubbled and speckled brown.


carry on till all cooked 😊


Inlet these cool then pop into a ziplock freezer bag and take out what I need, as I need it.


Dhal, Chapati served with a spoon of natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of coriander – cheap and delicious

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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