Nourishing Channa Dal with Kale

There’s something incredibly comforting and nourishing about  dal, I have so many versions and honestly I think I could eat it everyday. I know, it does take a little while to cook the pulses (depending on which one you’re using) but it’s completely worth it so that they go super gooey and have a deliciously soft texture.

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40The key to injecting lots of flavour into this dal is cooking the onions slowly with the spices then adding in the garlic, ginger and fresh tomatoes. I then added lots of gorgeous greens for extra goodness and colour. I used kale this time but spinach is great as is spring greens – Just mix it up with your favourite or whatever you have in your fridge.


I absolutely love experimenting with spice mixes and combinations but I also love using authentic and floursome mixes so I thought I’d mention my friend Lajena’s mixes, as I almost always sprinkle some of her garam masala on my curries and dals to season at the end.

Find out more about her amazing spice blends here

I love eating my dal with lots of toasted seeds for crunch and scooped up with a buckwheat flatbread! Enjoy x


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  2-4 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  1 hr 15 minutes cook time


  • 2 cups channa dal – washed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion – roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb sized knob ginger – grated
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 3 handfuls kale
  • Black pepper


Toasted seeds


  1. Wash the channa dal thoroughly.
  2. Add the chana dal to a saucepan with 6 cups of water. Bring to the boil and skim off the froth. Add in the turmeric.
  3. Turn down to a low heat and let it simmer for 1 1/4 hrs then add in the salt.
  4. Add the coconut oil to a large frying pan and heat to a medium heat. Add in the asafoetida and mustard seeds. When they start to pop add in the cumin seeds and chilli flakes. Stir for a few seconds then add in the onion. Fry for aprox 8-10 minutes until soft and browning.
  5. Add in the garlic and ginger and stir for another few minutes, then add in the chopped tomatoes.
  6. Cook for a further 5-6 minutes then add the kale and 120ml of water. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. When the dal is cooked, add the kale & tomato mix to the dal and stir well.
    Season with salt, pepper & garam masala to finish.
  8. Delicious with flatbreads & toasted seeds


  1. Sophie MacKenzie on March 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This dal looks incredible, Niki!

    • Niki on March 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie!
      Much love, Niki xx

  2. Natalia on March 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This looks so comforting, Niki! Will make it soon, I am such a dhal fan! Thank you for sharing it!

    • Niki on March 19, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks so much Natalia
      Ooh let me know if you make it!

      Love and hugs
      Niki x

  3. Kathryn Grace on March 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I had to look up “channa dal” and now I’m intrigued. I can just catch the aromas cooking as I read your recipe, which is itself almost poetic. I’ll share this soon as my pick for #RecipeOfTheDay on social media. What a joy to share something so delicious, new-to-me, and perhaps new to my readers.

    • Niki on March 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Kathryn
      Aww thank you! Really really glad you like it.

      Love Niki xxx

  4. Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier on March 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    This looks so delicious Niki! You’re always making my favorite kind of food, just reading this recipe makes me drool! xo Nina

    • Niki on March 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Yay!! Thank you Nina. So happy you love it. I thought you might ????
      Love Niki xx

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