Slow Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dhal

I know that I said my recipes would take no longer than 30 minutes, and obviously a  slow cooked meal is going to take a lot longer than 30 minutes to cook, but bear with me here... the preparation time is less than 10 minutes and the cooking is done whilst I'm out at work.

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Now that autumn has arrived properly, there's nothing nicer than coming home to the delicious smell of a comforting lightly spiced dhal; knowing I just need to add some rice or naan bread and dinner'll be on the table in 5 minutes.  The slow cooker meals work well for our family, when everyone needs their meal at a different time of the evening due to work, athletics, rainbows, cubs, scouts, explorers, etc.

This recipe serves 6 and costs less than £1.50 for all 6 portions!  It's low calorie with less than 200 kcal, provides 30% of your daily protein requirements and over 4g fibre in each serving.

I prepare/mix the ingredients together the night before, pop them into a tupperware and into the fridge overnight.  Then all I need to do in the morning is to pour the mixture into the slow cooker and switch it on... I find that a post-it note reminder on the front door is useful, as dinner is not always the first thing on my mind as I leave the house at 7am.

Slow Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dhal 

Ingredients:  300g yellow split peas, 1 medium onion (chopped), 200g tinned tomatoes, thumb sized piece of ginger (grated), 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp turmeric, 2 garlic cloves (crushed), 700ml stock (I use a stock cube), 1 red chilli

Method: Mix all the ingredients together.  Pour into tupperware container.

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Place in fridge overnight.  In the morning, pour the dhal mixture into slow cooker crock pot.  Switch on slow cooker and get on with your day.  Ready to serve 2 adults and 2 ravenous teens in the evening, with enough leftover for 2 lunches next day... all for a total cost <£1.50 for 6 portions.

Here's the nutritional info bit: Per serving: Energy: 201kcal, Fat: 1.8g (of which saturates 0.2g), Carbohydrate: 30.3g (of which sugars 3.9g), Fibre: 4.4g, Protein: 13.7g