Cheap and versatile, lentils are a dream in the kitchen. Rachel Allen has three easy recipes

Lentils are a key element of Indian cooking and an incredibly versatile ingredient that is easy to use in so many dishes and full of nutrition and flavour

"This particular dhal recipe is a great and very simple one which comes from a friend of ours, Martha Rosenthal." Photo: Tony Gavin

Rachel Allen

Deliciously useful and oh-so nutritious, lentils are a dream to work with in the kitchen. I love their earthy flavour, which complements everything from bacon and duck to spices and cream.

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