Easy Dhal

John made dhal at a recent yoga retreat and everyone loved it. So here is the recipe -

1 cup (210g) red lentils, rinsed well
3cm fresh ginger, sliced
2 tbs (40g) ghee or oil
Star anise
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seed
½ tsp fennel seed
½ tsp corriander seed
½ - 1tsp salt
1 tbs chopped coriander leaves
Juice of one lime


Place lentils, star anise and tumeric in a large saucepan with 3 cups of cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring to prevent sticking for 10-12 minutes. Make chaunk - Heat the ghee in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the seeds, cook until light brown. Add chaunk to lentils and stir well to infuse. Season to taste with salt. Cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in coriander and lime juice and serve hot with rice or pappadums.