by Jane Hornby

Tasty and filling, dal makes a cheap, healthy and satisfying meal.

Try freezing it in portion-sized containers - it will keep for up to 2 months.

Each serving provides 356kcal, 19g protein, 46g carbohydrate (of which 6g sugars), 9g fat (of which 1g saturates), 8g fibre and 1g salt.

Main course


Different lentils and split peas will give differing results - split yellow peas make a chunky toothsome dal. Split mung beans are particularly popular in Bangladeshi versions, while black dal (urud dal) is most popular in South Indian or East Indian dishes.

Other considerations

Lentils and split peas are particularly high in protein and fibre, making them an excellent choice for a healthy diet.