Meatless Monday: Dal Soup [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking Time: (*Dependent upon skill and/or the number of kitchen helpers!)
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, veggie peeler, sieve, measuring jug, large pot, wooden spoon, small dish, fork

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, K & E, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar, sat and saturated fats! 

New month, new soup! Well, maybe not strictly speaking as we’ve had this soup four times already! The overall costs, convenience and most of all the flavours just keep us coming back for more!

You might remember our Dal from last year? If you haven’t tried it yet, we thoroughly recommend that you do. This year we decided to update it, transforming it into a delicious soup! 🙂

This version is not only packed full of lentils and heat, but with plenty of seasonal root vegetables and a huge spice blend! We used a red Serrano chilli, but feel free to use one with less or more heat! If you cannot source Ajwain seeds, you can always omit it or use a pinch of dried thyme instead. If preferred, you can always adjust the flavourings, seasonings and ginger to your own specific taste. We always use a ton of spices and vegetables as were absolutely mad about both, so don’t be shy- please feel free to do the same! 

Happy cooking everyone!

Quick Foodie Fact:

  • Per serving, this soup provides about 4 servings of fruits/vegetables towards your 5-A-Day!
Soup Staples
Flavourings, Spices & Thickeners
20g         Garlic clove (3 fat ones!)
200g      Brown Onion
20g         Red chilli
60g         Root ginger*
120g        Yellow Bell Pepper
300g      Carrot
200g      Parsnips
620g       Baby Turnips
220g       Dried Red Lentils
2 tbsp     Rapeseed Oil
1 Tin        Plum Tomatoes
10-12g    Garam Masala
4g           Ground Turmeric
6g           Ground Cumin
3g           Ground Coriander
½ tsp      Red Chilli Flakes
5g           Brown Mustard seeds
½ tsp      Ajwain Seeds
+++++++ Salt/Ground Black Pepper
1.6L         Vegetable Stock
+++++++ (low salt/DF/GF)
30g         Fresh coriander
4-5 tsp   Corn Starch
1 tbsp      Lemon Juice

*It adds a fiery kick, so like chillies, use as much as preferred!

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1. Peel and dice the garlic and onion. Wash the chilli, remove the stem and dice it. Tip: Remove the chilli seeds if you prefer your dishes with a little less heat! Wash, peel and then finely cube the ginger. Wash, remove the stem and core and then finely chop the bell pepper. Wash, peel, trim the ends and then quarter the carrot and parsnip (chop smaller if preferred). Wash, peel, trim the tops and then finely chop the turnip.

2. Place the lentils into a sieve. Rinse under cold running water. Remove and discard any stones.

3. Meanwhile, place 2 tbsp oil in a large, non-stick pot over a medium-low heat. Tip: To reduce the fat, use some low-fat cooking oil instead! Once hot, add the garlic, onion, chilli, ginger and bell pepper. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.

4. Add the spice blend: 2 tsp garam masala, 1½ tsp ground turmeric, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp red chilli flakes, 1 tsp brown mustard seeds and ½ tsp ajwain seeds into the pot. Season it with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir to coat. Gently fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

5. Add the lentils, tomatoes and stock. Mix to combine. Cover with a lid. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add the carrot, parsnip and turnips. Stir to combine. Cover with the lid. Bring back to the boil. Cook and simmer for about 20 mins or until the lentils and vegetables are tender and cooked.

6. In the meantime, wash and dry the coriander; remove the leaves from its stem and roughly chop them. Place the corn starch into a small dish with equal parts water. Stir to dissolve the flour and create a ‘slurry’. Tip: Give the ‘slurry’ another quick whisk before adding it into the soup!

7. Once the soup has finished cooking, pour and stir through the ‘slurry’. Keep stirring until the mixture thickened slightly. Remove from the heat. Add most of the coriander (save some for a garnish) and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Stir through. Allow the soup to cool slightly before serving. Garnish each bowl with some reserved coriander leaves, fresh lemon or whatever else takes your fancy!

8. Serve with a piece of flat bread or warmed wholemeal or GF pitta bread! Refrigerate any leftover soup in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, store and freeze in one or more containers; defrost, reheat and consume within one month.



Recipe updated: 18/02/16

Dal [Vegan, Gluten Free, Low-Fat]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 6
Prep & Cooking Time: 55-65 mins
Type: Main meal
Tools: Sieve, mixing bowl, chopping board, sharp knife, veggie peeler, sieve, large pot, wooden spoon, measuring jug, small dish

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, no added sugars and per serving is low added salt and fats! 

Although this curry can have a ‘porridgey’ appearance, we assure you it’s a wonderful little recipe packed full of flavour, nutrients and energy to keep you going past 3pm! Our recipe may not be 100% authentic, but it’s still a great way of expanding your palate to all of the wonderful South Asian flavours! A dish that contains red lentils, tomato and spices and tastes better each time you eat it- just go for it!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Dal is an Indian word meaning ‘spilt pulse’ (a.k.a. the lentils!). There are so many great dal recipes, all with a slightly different translation (based on the ingredients and cooking methods used). Have a new adventure this year- go and buy an Asian cook book and experiment with all the wonderful recipes; substitute ghee for some rapeseed or low-fat cooking oil!
  • Per serving, this recipe provides you with about 3.5 servings of veggies towards your 5-A-day and provides you with 90% of your RDA for Vitamin C!



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 Nutritional Info

 Traffic Light Translation: Fat & S/Fat= green/low values, Salt=orange/medium value. =This meal gets two thumbs up from us! Tip: Lower the salt simply by being mindful of how much ‘added’ salt you use and by reducing the volume of stock and using more water instead!




  • Boil 1.5L water in a kettle. Place the lentils into a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Remove and discard any stones or seeds. Transfer them into a large mixing bowl. Cover the lentils with 500ml boiling water. Let them soak for 15 mins. Drain and then rinse. Tip: If in doubt, check your own packet instructions first!
  • In the meantime, wash, peel and dice the ginger. Peel and finely chop the onion and the garlic. Wash the chilli (remove the stem and chop it up if you prefer a hotter curry!).
  • Prepare the stock according to the packet instructions.


  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large, non-stick pot over a medium-low heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic. Stir together. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
  • Add the chilli, 4g mustard seeds, 4g cumin seeds and 1g chilli flakes (more or less as preferred). Stir together. Fry for a further minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the tin tomatoes, 2g ground turmeric, 14g ground coriander and 12g ground cumin. Stir together. Cook for 3-4 mins or until the tomatoes are softened.
  • Add the lentils, 800ml stock and 1.2L water. Stir together. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20 mins or until the lentils are tender. Tip: Add less boiling water if you prefer a thicker consistency; always have enough liquid to cover the lentils. NB: Our lentils took approximately 20 mins to cook.
  • Meanwhile, prepare a ‘slurry’. Place 48g corn flour into a small dish with equal parts water. Stir/whisk together until the flour is dissolved.
  • Wash and dry the coriander; from the leaves from its stem (if preferred) and then roughly chop them.



  • Whilst stirring, add the ‘slurry’. Stir until slightly thickened (about 4-5 mins).
  •  Add the coriander and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stir through. Season it with some salt and a few grinds of black pepper to taste. Remove from the heat. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.
  • Ladle into a small serving bowl. Serve with: a small portion of basmati rice, a wholemeal pita or some flat bread (check out our previous recipe!). Garnish with fresh herbs or spices (if desired). We garnished ours with: fresh coriander, a dash of sweet paprika and some brown mustard and cumin seeds!

It’s delicious and very satisfying! 😀 NB: This bowl contains one portion.




Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-5 days. Alternatively, freeze in individual portions (if preferred); defrost, reheat and consume within 1 month.

Meal prep finished! More fantastic meals await! NB: This shows the full volume of soup produced!



If preferred…

  • Keep it simple! Alternatively just use a ‘garam masala’ spice blend (to taste) and omit some of the other spices.
  • Use less boiling water and omit the ‘slurry step’ if a ‘naturally thicker’ consistency is preferred.