Saturday, 12 April 2014

Chocolate Strawberry Dahl

Those words do clash a little, I'll admit. Particularly that last one. 

It occurred to me, one day, while I was preparing a pot of dahl, that it essentially served the same purpose as oats - cooked in the same way, achieving much the same texture. The only difference being that rather than fruit and sweet spices, I'd usually add spinach or tomatoes and savoury spices.

Why not make a sweet version, and have it for breakfast? 

You've seen black bean brownies, you've seen chickpea cookies. Now you're getting lentil porridge. 

Prepared correctly, this is every bit as delicious as its oaty counterpart (and that's coming from someone who used to eat oats every day.)

Though I'm not the first person to have thought of this concept, I would like to share my personal methods of preparing breakfast dahl, along with flavour ideas. Some will be familiar classics simply adapted to suit the medium (bananas and peanut butter, anyone?) and others more unique and experimental.

I'd like to start with a fail-proof favourite - chocolate! 

I also like my porridges VERY thick, sometimes almost cake-like (more on that later.) If you'd prefer it thinner, increase the amounts of water and milk:)

Chocolate Strawberry Dahl

by Shonalika Tilak

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15-20 mins

Keywords: breakfast gluten-free vegan chocolate strawberry lentils banana

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/4 cup dry red split lentils
  • 1/4 cup water (freshly boiled from a kettle will increase cooking speed)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 banana (45-50g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (don't skimp!)
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • Strawberries, sliced or diced, and any additional toppings such as chocolate chips or nuts


1. Measure out lentils and rinse very thoroughly. (This can be easily done in the cooking pot itself.)

2. Add water and milk and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and keep partially covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Mash banana thoroughly and add to lentils.

4. Add salt, vanilla, cocoa powder and stir.

5. Transfer to a bowl, top with strawberries, more milk, and any additional toppings.

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  1. Never heard of a sweet dhal before, but this sounds really good! Love the idea of using lentils instead of grains to start the day!

    1. I find it more delicious than oats! It's a good one for anyone who finds they need to actively think about protein in their diet otherwise:) Thanks!