Dhal (the Trinidadian way)

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I LOVE dhal! (Made the Trinidadian way).

When I was child and gave trouble to eat, dhal was one of the few things I’d actually have a bit of. My As soon as it came off the stove my Ma would pour some in a mini enamel cup and give it to me to drink. To this day, when I’m feeling unwell or needing something nourishing, dhal remains my go-to soup. Aside from its rich protein contents, I love that it has turmeric which is great for pain and inflammation.

This versatile  soup can be eaten with rice or rotis but I love to just enjoy a cup on its own.

Dhal can be thick or thin – and I like it either way as long as it’s spicy. You can experiment to see how you prefer it. I change up my method sometimes and it never disappoints! 

These are guesstimates as I don’t cook with recipes.


2 cups yellow split peas (washed and soaked overnight) If it’s the smaller ones I just wash and rinse as they cook super fast.

Small onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed

Handful chopped coriander 

Dash of turmeric powder (I use fresh turmeric root if I have it)

Dash of cumin seeds or ground cumin

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste (scotch bonnets or pepper sauce for a kick)

Oil for frying 


Put split peas in a large pot and bring to boil. Throw in turmeric powder, half the coriander, one of the garlic pegs and let cook 

When the peas are soft and mushy, in a separate pan (unless you have a metal ladel) heat oil in pan and fry up onion, remaining garlic pegs and cumin seeds. When the garlic turns brown brown carefully throw the mixture into the pot with the split peas. (This process is called chonkaying) Stir. 

Add salt, pepper to taste and remaining coriander. 

Blend with hand blender for a smoother consistency or you can leave bits of peas in there, however you prefer. I prefer my dhal kind of smooth so I blend. 

Gentle hugs x

6 Replies to “Dhal (the Trinidadian way)”

  1. Oh, I will be soaking the split peas tonight to make this dhal tomorrow. Thank you, dhal is one of my favorite foods but I forot how to make it with the dried split peas due to fibro fog! I have had the peas in the pantry for a few weeks and now I know what to do. Wish i could eat yours right now… it looks so yummy. Thanks for linking up at Fibro Friday at Fibro Blogger Directory.

    1. I’m so glad to hear Lee – it is one of my favs too. Let me know how it goes!

      No worries – last week Thursday night I checked to add to Fibro Friday but it wasnt open yet. It’s a bit tricky on actual; Fridays as they tend to be busy with work then by the end of the day exhaustion makes me forget! but ill try to put a reminder in my diary so I remember to add it next time. hugs xxx

      1. A few people are saying this. Does an email reminder work? Or a twitter reminder? I usually do a reminder in our private FBD facebook group. It depends where you would be most likely to see it.

        1. Thanks so much Lee, the last reminder really helped. I will add my post to this week- Ive only remembered because I haven’t been able to sleep and I was thinking about a post ::)

  2. Thank you for this recipe! I love dahl, but haven’t had a good one since we visited our daughter when she was living in Malaysia. I definitely want to try this😋

Leave a Reply

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