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bowl of dhal with a side of rice

Delicious dhal

A great dish to introduce your baby to mild spices and lentils.

Age: 6 mths +

Serves: 8 portions

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Suitable for vegetarians? Y


  • Half medium onion, peeled
  • 2-3 sprigs (5g) fresh coriander
  • 65g yellow split peas
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Half tsp garlic puree
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • Half tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp water

Try serving with rice to introduce a new texture to your baby.


  1. Chop the onion and coriander.
  2. Boil the split peas until tender and then drain (approx 20 to 30 minutes).
  3. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions, garlic purée, chilli powder and turmeric – cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the onions start to soften.
  4. Add the cooked split peas and water to the pan, simmer for 5 minutes – add a little extra water if needed.
  5. Sprinkle with coriander then blend or mash until smooth (but with soft lumps). Serve one portion in a bowl with a spoon.
Give your baby sips of water with their meals - rather than sweet drinks which can cause tooth decay.

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