Chiman’s Dal Spice Blend


An authentic version of this lentil based favourite with lots of flavour. Great for lunch with bread on a cold day, or as a starter to an Indian feast. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

14 in stock


How to make Chiman’s Dal Spice Blend in a thermal cooker – Medium Hot.

This recipe can be cooked in a Thermal Cooker if you have one. I always use my top pot for the dal and this allows me to cook my main dish underneath at the same time.

If  you don’t have a thermal cooker this spice blend can be cooked in the conventional way using the instructions on the packet but remember you will not save up to 80% on cooking fuel.



  • Chimans Dal Spice Blend
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 225g red lentils or moong dal
  • 900ml pints water
  • salt to taste
  • squeeze of lemon
  • fresh coriander to garnish



  1. Heat the oil in the top pot until just smoking.
  2. Add spices, stirring continuously for 30 seconds or until spices sizzle. Remove from heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic. Stir fry on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add lentils, salt and water; stir well.
  5. Bring to the boil and then place the top pot in the inner pot containing your main meal which is in the outer insulated container.
  6. Shut the lid and leave to cook for the same time as the main or a minimum of 1 hour.
  7. Add lemon before serving and garnish with fresh, chopped coriander.


  • Chiman’s spice mixes have a long best before time, however are safe to use after that time. They simply lose some flavour.
  • If you are cooking for less than 4 people you could freeze some of the cooked meal or only use half the packet.
  • If you find the food too spicy or too hot, simply use less than the whole sachet of spices according to taste.
  • If you like more of a chilli kick, add some fresh chopped chilli to the dish or serve in a small bowl so that everyone can have exactly the amount they like.
  • If you find your mouth burning, resist the temptation to drink water. Instead, have a spoonful of yogurt or a lassi drink.
  • We often get asked which oil to use – vegetable oil is the best option as it is light, doesn’t affect the flavour of the spices and it’s healthy too!
  • Best for kids (and adults!) who like a mild curry: Kofta Bhoona (let them roll the balls themselves); Chicken Korma; Chicken Tikka Masala; Cauliflower & Spinach Bhaji
  • An anonymous tip: Try adding a few green peas to the Spicy Chick Peas. It adds colour without upsetting the balance of the dish
  • If you have any left over it is really nice cold with a salad.


Garam Masala, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger

Additional information

Weight 0.05 kg


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Chiman’s Dal Spice Blend”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.