Tomato and mushroom dhal. Picture supplied

Dhal is not as complicated to make as many people believe. With this recipe the mushrooms are the not-so-secret ingredient and the heroes of the dish. This dhal recipe is quick and simple to prepare and will soon become a family favourite!

Serves 4 - 6


  • 30ml oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 15ml fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 15ml curry paste
  • 400g portabellini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 x 410g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 410g tins brown lentils, drained
  • 45ml plain yoghurt or thick cream
  • 30ml fresh coriander, chopped

To Serve (optional)

  • rice
  • naan bread
  • raita
  • toasted coconut


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 5-7 minutes. 
  2. Add the ginger, curry paste and mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and lentils and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  4. Top with yoghurt or cream and coriander. 
  5. Serve with rice or naan breads, raita and/or toasted coconut.