Smoky dal
This recipe is based on the use of a thermo machine such as Magimix Cook Expert but you can totally make it by hand. Simply chop the onion by hand and use a pan and a silicon spatula to stir.
  • 1 small red onion (or échalote)
  • 1 generous dash of olive oil
  • 250g (preferably firm) potatoes
  • 2 tbs curry mix
  • 2 tbs garam masala (or curry mix)
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 or 2 big brown cardamom pods (depending on how smoky you want the dish to be)
  • 1 tbs ½ coriander seeds
  • 1 tbs ½ cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • 250g red lentils
  • 200g organic coconut milk or cream (I prefer cream)
  • 300 g water
  • 400g canned tomatoes (crushed, diced or whole cut in two)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh coriander/cilantro (around half a bunch)
  • Pink peppercorn to decorate.
  1. Peel onion and cut in 4.
  2. Place in metal bowl and chop using program EXPERT 30 sec, at 13 and no temperature, with the lid on. Scrape down.
  3. Add olive oil and all the spices (except fresh coriander). Fry for 4 mins - speed 2A - 120°C.
  4. Add all the ingredients except half the fresh coriander. Cook for 40 mins - speed 1A - 105°C.
  5. Check if there is enough salt, if necessary add some more and turn 1 more min on 1A.
  6. Serve with fresh coriander and pink peppercorn.
  7. Cleaning the bowl can be tricky. Use the rinsing program and leave to soak (metal bowl and blade overnight if necessay).
Recipe by The Flo at