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Make our Bhaji Daal

5min read

Our Baji Dahl is creamy, warming and perfectly spiced. Here's how we make ours. Try it at home in under 40 minutes.

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4 servings


for the daal:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds 
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp ginger puree
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • Juice 1 lime

for the bhaaji:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin 
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 red onions, sauteed
  • ½ tsp garlic puree


step 1

Add oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add white onion and cook until translucent (3-4 minutes). Add spices (garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, and fennel seeds) and salt, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes.

step 2

Add garlic puree, ginger puree, apple sauce and tamarind paste and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add red lentils, coconut milk and water. Simmer over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, until the daal is creamy.

step 3

Taste for salt and squeeze in the juice of 1 lime.

step 4

Preheat your oven to 180˙C. Into a bowl, add chickpea flour, salt, cumin water, baking soda and mix. Stir in the sauteed onions and garlic puree. Transfer to a parchment-lined or oiled baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

step 5

Serve your daal with a couple of onion bhaji, steamed sweet potato and spinach, chopped tomatoes and black onion seeds.

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