Banana Peel Dhal

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Don’t throw away your banana peels, use them to make this banana peel dhal. The banana peels give a nice texture and a very mild flavour, making an overall tasty and light dish. Banana peels are safe to eat, just make sure you wash them before using them.

60 Minutes

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  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2.5cm ginger root, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/4 cups red lentils (uncooked)
  • 8 banana peels, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala
  • Sugar and lemon or lime juice to taste
  • Ground pepper and fresh herbs (optional)
  • Rice, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large fry pan. Fry the onion, garlic and ginger over a gentle heat for approximately ten minutes, until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add the turmeric and fry for a further minute.
  3. Add the lentils and fry for two minutes.
  4. Add the banana peels and 4 cups boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix in the spices and seasoning and simmer a further 10 minutes.
  6. Taste. Add sugar and lemon or lime juice, if desired. Mix through the pepper and fresh herbs.
  7. Serve warm on rice.
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