Aubergine Daal & Roasted Veg

If you watched last week’s What I Eat in a Day video, you’ll have seen me cook this meal for dinner. It made enough to feed four people pretty comfortably, so I think it’s also a great low-cost dish. I served up the daal with the roasted vegetables in the middle shared family-style, along with some heated up tortillas (naan would work great here, obviously, but that’s what we had) and a side salad of greens, avocado, peppers and tomatoes.

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You will need (for the daal):

  • 1 cup lentils (honestly, I eyeball it!)
  • 1 chopped aubergine (use two if they’re small)
  • Three chopped tomatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 vegetable stock cube

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For the roasted vegetables (you can use whatever you have on hand):

  • 1 chopped sweet potato
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 2 chopped courgettes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Add your spices and oil to the vegetables, then pop them in the oven at 200C for about 20-30 minutes until they’re golden brown and begin charring.

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While those are in the oven, sweat off your onions in the oil until translucent and add your garlic and spices. Give that a couple of minutes, then add in the aubergine and continue to gently fry those off. Once you feel those are well incorporated, add your tomatoes.

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After the tomatoes have cooked off their juice a little, add in your lentils and stir to let all the flavours combine again. Once that’s been on the heat for two or three minutes, crumble in your stock cube and cover with boiling water. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.

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Dinner is served! I find that having the roasted vegetables on the side really compliments the daal, and we served it with a little yoghurt to cut through everything. The salad was really fresh and summery and was a great starter to a really warm and filling dish.

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I hope you make this — it went over a treat with everyone at the dinner table! Lentils have always been a family staple in our house so I love cooking it in different ways for friends.

As always, bilafiya (well wishes and wellbeing)

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