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Yellow Split Pea Dhal - comforting, simple and so very tasty.

Yellow Split Pea Dhal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 4 cloves garlic ,crushed
  • 1 tomato ,chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 small red chilli ,chopped *optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion ,sliced
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 50 grams butter ,optional*
  • To serve: natural yoghurt, coriander, hemp seeds, sweet chutney ,optional*


  • Add yellow split peas to a large saucepan with half the garlic, tomato, salt and chilli if using.  Add 6 cups water and bring to the boil.  Skim off any froth that forms on the surface, this will stop it boiling over. 
  • Continue boiling, adding an extra 4 cups of water as the liquid absorbs, for 45 minutes or until the split peas are tender and falling apart.  Stir often to ensure if doesn't stick.
  • Once the dhal is cooked add oil to a large saucepan or pan and fry the onion until tender, add garlic and spices and continue to fry until just browned. 
  • Add the split peas to the fried onion, being careful it doesn't splatter.  Stir to combine.  Turn off heat and add butter if using, combine well.  Adjust seasoning. 
  • Serve with rice, natural yoghurt, fresh coriander, hemp seeds and sweet chutney - or simply on its own. 


This makes a large batch of dhal so freeze what you don't use for another day. 
The butter is optional but does make it extra delicious and silky.