Healthy Dahl

Two white bowls of dahl with cucumber and coconut cream

This dahl recipe is low histamine, oil-free, low-fat, vegan and sugar-free!

Living a low histamine VEGAN lifestyle can be tough. Though, on the flip side, life is never dull and it is all about being creative! Which I can do!

Initially, I thought dahl was out.. tomatoes are an important ingredient... but how the heck am I going to make dahl minus tomatoes??! To my surprise, there's actually quite a few recipes out there that omit tomatoes (yayyyy!). If you're in the initial stages of a low-histamine diet I wouldn't recommend this recipe, as lentils are out (along with some of the spices). In time, you will be able to tolerate them... I LOVE them! They are a wonderful source of protein, fibre and minerals like iron. I personally don't tolerate them well unless they are soaked, rinsed and well-cooked! :)

If you don't have any issues with histamine, feel free to use the juice of 1 - 2 lemons instead of citric acid... oh, and add some chilli! :)

Coconut yoghurt + cucumber make wonderful sides to this dish! :)

  • 2 brown onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 inch fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp powder)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 2 red apples
  • 1 small sweet potato (or 1/3 large)
  • 270g red lentils (soaked 6+ hours, well-rinsed)
  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 10 sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 250mL + extra coconut cream
  1. Step 1

    Fry onion in a little coconut cream until soft.

  2. Step 2

    Add garlic, spices, salt + pepper. Fry for a further 2 minutes until fragrant. If too dry, add more coconut cream.

  3. Step 3

    Chop apples and sweet potato into small cubes. Peel if you prefer.

  4. Step 4

    Add apples, sweet potato and lentils to your pot. Cover with just enough water so that most of your ingredients are sitting in liquid. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until the lentils are soft.

  5. Step 5

    Stir in citric acid, fresh herbs and coconut cream. Taste, adjust seasonings as needed. You may want to add extra citric acid for more zing!

  6. Step 6

    Serve plain or with brown rice. Drizzle with coconut cream for extra creaminess.

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