Spring Green and Coconut Dahl (vegan)

This is a favourite comfort meals appropriate for cooler and darkerevenings. I’st from one of  Riverford’s Cookbooks – it doesn’t take too long to cook and is super rewarding. Turmeric and ginger are thought to be anti-inflammatory and therefore good for digestion. It’s easy to swap things in or out depending on your store cupboard. If yellow mung dal lentils aren’t available use red lentils. If you don’t have cabbage you could use spinach, chard or kale.


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped, grated or crushed
  • 4cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1x 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 100g yellow mung dal lentils, rinsed in a sieve
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 200g spring or summer greens, tough ribs removed, leaves finely shredded
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • a squeeze of lime of lemon juice
  • toasted coconut chips or toasted dessicated coconut to garnish
  • salt


  • Melt the coconut oil in a large pan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn up the heat a little and add the garlic, ginger, chilli, mustard seeds and turmeric. Stir for about 1 minute, until you hear the mustard seeds start to pop. Stir the coconut milk in the can then pour into the pan with the lentils and ground coriander and cumin. Fill the coconut milk can half full with water and add that too.
  • Bring up to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the greens, stirring in small handfuls at a time, then cook for a further 5–10 minutes, until the lentils are tender and the greens wilted. Keep an eye on the liquid and add more water if needed.
  • Season the dal with salt, stir in the fresh coriander and add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice to taste. Serve the dal prinkled with toasted coconut and a few extra coriander leaves.