Sunday, 26 August 2012

A top secret magical dal recipe

Our favourite restaurant is Vegetarian Food Studio. We go probably far too much, but they serve the bestest south Indian food, in a relaxed cafe type restaurant, with friendly unstuffy service. 

The best thing they serve, in my opinion, is the dal. It's the dal they serve with their thali and dosas, a thin, orange fiery lentil broth. It's not on their main menu, but just ask for it, and they'll provide. There's a picture in this post I did earlier this year. I think it has magical properties, my lovely husband has brought some home for me when I've been ill, and it's made me feel so much better. 

My friend Rob managed to get a list of all the ingredients in this magical dal, and last night we had a go at making it. I won't put up the recipe, because it's top secret, and we didn't manage to make it quite like in VFS, but here are some pictures of our attempt, and it included the first of my cayenne peppers that I've grown in the greenhouse (nearly as long as a pencil! And very hot!). It was very tasty, but just not quite THE magical dal. 


  1. I love Dhal. Best I've ever had was at Cafe El Piano in York. I love that place.

  2. argh! Now i want to know what is in it!!