Dhaal (Lentil) puree with Sweet potato.

I wanted to share this recipe because when it comes to dhaal (lentils) there was only one way I knew to make it and that was as a Tarka Dhaal. So when I came across this recipe I was really blown away because it made me realise that you can cook dhaal (lentils) in so many ways. This is a Annabel Karmel recipe and it is a really good one!

Lentils are really good for baby’s development as they are an excellent source of protein and iron not only that they have fibre in them.

Soraiya took some time to liking this because it is a bit thicker in texture but that all depends on how you blend the puree. But she really does enjoy this when I make it for her.

Suitable from 6 months on wards
Portion: 6 Prep time: 10 min Cooking time: 30 min


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1/4 red pepper, cored, de-seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, skinned
2 tablespoon red lentils
1/2 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
200 ml unsalted vegetable stock or water


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onion and red pepper gently stirring for 4 minutes until softened. Add the tomato and sauté again stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Rinse the dhaal (lentils), add them to the pan along with the sweet potato and pour over the vegetable stock or water. Bring this to boil the reduce the heat so it simmers. Cover and leave for 20-25 minutes or until the dhaal (lentils) are quite mushy. There should be a little bit of liquid left in the pan but whilst the dhaal (lentils cook) if you feel you to top up with more water, feel free to.
  3. Once the mixture is looking mushy and ready, puree until smooth in a food processor/blender.
  4. Once pureed, you can freeze into individual portions. When you want to feed as lunch or dinner, simply thaw in the fridge over night or what I do I take it out, place in a bowl and let it defrost at room temperature 2 hours before. Once defrosted simply pop in the microwave for about 1 minute, maybe a little bit extra OR in saucepan for a couple of minutes – don’t burn it! 🙂
    Make sure when re-heating the food is piping hot and allow to also cool down before feeding to your baby.

Tip: to skin a tomato…

To skin a tomato and other thick skinned fruits, with a sharp and small knife cut a shallow cross symbol at the bottom. Put the kettle and let the water boil. Once boiled pour the boiled water over the fruit in a bowl, cover and leave for 30-60 seconds. You will notice where the little cut cross is that the tomato skin is started to peel. Drain and rinse in cold water and once it is cool enough to handle, grasp a corner of the skin and gently pull it off.

Another simple recipe and it is super tasty too

The best way to know for sure is for you as the mummy or daddy making this to taste it. if you like the taste then it should be enjoyed by your little one also.

Please do let me know how you get on if you make this and how your baby takes it. Would be good to know 🙂


Yours always,
The Soul Tamer x