Turnip Coconut Dhal

Turnips aren’t my favourite veggie to eat, I’m certainly not their number one fan. So when I recieved them in my oddbox I had to think of how would be best to eat them. After a little google for some inspo, I saw a recipe for a lentil dhal so I thought I would give one a go for myself! You can replace the turnips for other veggies such as sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots or parsnips.

Servings: 3



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 3 turnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 120g red lentils, rinsed under cold water
  • 125ml tinned coconut milk*
  • 400ml water*

*feel free to add more milk less water, as long as you have about 525ml liquid in total


  1. Fry the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli in a pan for about 5 minutes, then add the turnips along with 4 tbsp of water. Cover the pan and allow to cook for 2 minutes
  2. Add the tomato puree, cayenne, turmeric, cumin and corriander to the pan and stir until everything is coated
  3. Add in the red lentils, coconut milk and water and stir well. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, leaving the pan slightly (but not completely) covered
  4. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally then serve!

Serving suggestions: serve with coconut yogurt (I had none so I mised 1 tsp tahini with 2 tsp cocconut milk and it worked amazingly), fresh corriander, dessicated coconut and naan bread

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