This chickpea lentil dahl is easy to make as long as you prep first. The flavors meld together to make a delicious Daniel Fast meal, perfect after a long day.
I saw this recipe on the Happy Pear, which is a very popular restaurant in Ireland.
Everything on the menu is vegan, and the two brothers who own the restaurant have cooking classes online, cookbooks, and a few different sit-down locations.
I started looking at the website once I was home and this dahl recipe really stood out to me as I love everything in it.
When I was in Ireland last year, I had lunch at one of the Happy Pear locations. This meal was totally unexpected and so delicious!
However, in my humble opinion, this is not a quick recipe as it said on the website. It does take time to prepare as you can see from the long list of ingredients. Once you've prepped, everything comes together quickly.
In place of the maple syrup, I used date paste. You can buy this natural sweetener, but learn how to make date paste and you'll always have it on hand.
You don't have to use a sweetener at all, but as the original recipe used syrup, I thought it might need it. I think it was a good choice.
I changed a couple of other things from their recipe as well, so if you want to see the original recipe, visit The Happy Pear website.
Ingredients for Chickpea Lentil Dahl
This is a fairly long list of ingredients, but if you are planning a Daniel Fast, or just want to make several healthy meals, these are ingredients you'll use over and over again.
You'll need garlic, ginger, onions, chickpeas, lentils, canned tomatoes, fresh spinach, vegetable broth, fresh lime juice, date paste, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, curry powder, turmeric, ground cumin, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, tamari (or soy sauce), and salt.
NOTE: Beware of sugar in canned goods. Tomatoes are notorious for containing added sugar. You may also find sugar in vegetable broth and even beans. You really do have to read the label.
How to Make Lentil Dahl
Chop garlic, ginger, and spring onions.
Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
Roughly chop cilantro. Drain and rinse lentils and chickpeas.
Heat large skillet on high heat.
Add cumin and fennel seeds to the pan, heating for about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the spices heating for an additional 30 seconds.
Add spring onions, ginger, and garlic to the pan and reduce heat to medium, cooking for three minutes, stirring on occasion so they don't stick.
Add cherry tomatoes to the pan with the salt. Cook one minute.
Add lentils, chickpeas, broth, and tomatoes.
Add tamari, spinach, date paste, and lime juice, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes.
Serve with chopped cilantro and if you'd like, a Daniel Fast approved bread.
More Daniel Fast Meals
Sometimes fasting can feel more like feasting when you're eating meals like this Superfoods Bowl. Just because you're cutting out foods that aren't healthy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor, too.
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 piece of ginger (about 1 1/2 inches)
- 5 spring onions
- 2 C chickpeas
- 2 C lentils
- 2 C canned tomatoes (no sugar)
- 2 C spinach
- 1 C vegetable broth (no sugar)
- 2 T lime juice
- 2 T date paste
- 2 T cilantro
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 1 T curry powder
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 T tamari
- salt to taste
- Chop garlic, ginger, and spring onions.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
- Roughly chop cilantro.
- Drain and rinse lentils and chickpeas
- Heat large skillet on high heat
- Add cumin and fennel seeds to the pan, heating for about 30 seconds.
- Add the rest of the spices heating for an additional 30 seconds.
- Add spring onions, ginger, and garlic to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring on occasion so they don't stick.
- Add cherry tomatoes to the pan with the salt.
- Add lentils, chickpeas, broth, and tomatoes.
- Add tamari, spinach, date paste, and lime juice, bringing to a boil.
- Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes.
- Serve with chopped cilantro and a Daniel Fast approved bread.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 21gSugar: 14gProtein: 22g