Chana dhal with chutney yoghurt

What do you call this dahl?

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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This flavoursome lentil and chickpea curry from The Australian Women's Weekly's Fast Favourite Dinners cookbook will take you from dinner through to lunch the next day - too easy!
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Chana dhal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 large brown onion (200g), sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75g) korma curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 400 gram (12 ounces) canned diced tomatoes
  • 250 gram (8 ounces) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
  • 400 gram (12½ ounces) canned brown lentils, drained, rinsed
  • 400 gram (12½ ounces) canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coriander (cilantro)
Chutney yoghurt
  • 2/3 cup (190g) greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney


Chana dhal with chutney yoghurt
  • 1
    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook onion, ginger and sugar, stirring, until soft. Add paste and spices; cook, stirring, until fragrant.
  • 2
    Add canned tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, the water, coconut milk, lentils and chickpeas to pan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until mixture has thickened slightly.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, to make chutney yoghurt; swirl ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • 4
    Serve dhal topped with coriander and dollops of chutney yoghurt.


Our dhal recipe deliberately makes double the amount you will eat so you aren't left with half-opened cans. Instead you will be able to take the following night off cooking, or take the leftovers to work for lunch. Chutney yoghurt is not suitable to freeze. Pack in a separate airtight container if taking to work. Freeze individual portions of dhal in airtight containers for up to 1 month. Thaw the dhal overnight in the fridge. If taking the dhal to work, reheat thawed dhal in the microwave at work.

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