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What’s for Tea? Warming Cauliflower Daal

Advertisement Promotion – Recipe Courtesy of Hello Fresh

‘What’s for tea?’ three little words that cut through my soul, send my hackles rising and start expletives bubbling under my breath.

Once we’ve decided what to cook, there’s the male versus female looking in the cupboard ritual. ‘Oh look, it was where I said it was all along.’

Or the Friday evening shopping list request, which actually boils down to me planning meals for the next week and cooking up a list in 5 minutes flat. Then being moaned at because I forgot such and such all week.

Then the shopping trip itself, whereby I have to bite my lip when the purchases aren’t the ones I would have made, the trade off for not braving the shops myself.

I love Mr A to bits, he’s a much more organised chef when he takes the lead, loves the food shop I hate, makes a mean roast dinner, an is an uncomplaining sous chef and veg chopper, but I’m sure every family has similar what’s for dinner flash points.

A while back, in the midst of our house move we tried Hello Fresh and it really made a difference. It cut a lot of stress out between us in terms of shopping and meal planning, the meals were special and tasty and we really enjoyed being able to prepare a meal together without the hassles. It gave us more time to talk about other things.

Hello Fresh also have loads of recipes on their site you can try for yourself, they asked me to share one, I picked this Warming Cauliflower Dal because I love a recipe I can easily reheat for lunch the next day. Plus for some inexplicable reason, my kids like both dal and cauliflower.

This is what it looks like when Mr A preps, I just chop and leave a trail of stuff behind me as I go.

Warming Cauliflower Dal

Serves 4 – I always found Hello Fresh portions huge, so this would feed 4 hungry adults and maybe some leftovers, or enough to freeze for another day. I would get away with feeding 2 adults and a small child or two on half of this.

2 onions

2 garlic cloves

1 cauliflower

1 bunch coriander

2 packs green beans

1 tbsp Curry Powder

2 tbsp Tomato Puree

2 tin Chopped Tomatoes

180 grams Red Split Lentils

2 Vegetable Stock Pot

400ml water

Greek Yogurt – to taste in the dish, and to garnish


  1. Halve, peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Roughly chop the coriander. Trim the tops from the green beans and chop them into thirds.
Fry the Onion

2. Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the onion and slowly cook for 5 mins, then add the garlic and cook for one minute more. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. TIP: If the onion starts to brown turn the heat down a bit. Once the onion is soft, add the curry powder and mix with a wooden spoon.

Simmer the Lentils

3 Stir in the tomato purée and then add the diced tomatoes. Season with another pinch of salt and a sprinkling of sugar (if you have some). Add the red lentils, the water (amount specified in the ingredient list) and the vegetable stock pot. Stir to dissolve the stock pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, put a lid on and leave for 5 mins.

Cook the cauliflower

4. Remove the lid and add the cauliflower. Cook until tender, 12-15 mins.

Add the Green Beans

5. When the cauliflower is halfway through cooking add the green beans and cook for 6-7 mins. TIP: Don’t worry if the dal is drying out a little – just add a bit more water to get a looser consistency.

Finish and Serve

6. Stir through most of the coriander and some of the yoghurt. TIP: At this stage it’s crucial to taste for seasoning – have a spoonful and add more salt and pepper to lift the flavours to their max! Serve the dal in a bowl with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and add the remaining coriander sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

What I really love is that the Hello Fresh trimmings, which are included, mean your meal generally turns out looking much more like a restaurant meal.

Let me know what your reckon!


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