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Harry Hill's vegetarian thali


Tadka dhaal:

  • 200 grams yellow split peas
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion
  • 2.5 centimeter piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 2 ripe tomatoes on the vine
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Optional: 1 fresh red chilli
  • Optional: mustard seeds

Aloo gobi:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • Ghee or vegetable oil
  • 2 potatoes (300 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 200 grams cauliflower
  • 100 grams peas
  • 1 teaspoon kasoori methi (fenugreek leaf)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Optional: 1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander (15 grams)

Chilli paneer:

  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 fresh green chillies
  • 5 centimeter piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red pepper
  • Ghee or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 x 226 gram pack of paneer cheese


  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 ripe tomatoes on the vine
  • 2 fresh green chillies
  • 200 grams natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 600 grams strong white flour
  • Olive oil
  • 400 milliliters milk


For the tadka daal:

  1. Cook the split peas in a large saucepan of boiling salted water following the packet instructions, then drain. Melt the ghee into a large saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Peel and slice the onion and add to the pan. Peel and mince the ginger and garlic, finely chop the chilli (deseed if you like) and dice the tomatoes. Add to the pan, along with the turmeric and chilli powder, season with sea salt, and give everything a good mix. Add the cooked split peas with 100 milliliters of water and simmer over a low heat for five to ten minutes, or until thickened.
  3. Have a taste and season to perfection with salt, pepper and lemon juice. For garnish, deseed and finely chop the red chilli. Toast the mustard seeds in a small dry frying pan for a few minutes until they start to pop. Scatter the chilli and mustard seeds over the daal just before serving, if you like.

For the aloo gobi:

  1. Peel and finely slice the garlic and the onion. Drizzle the ghee or oil into a medium frying pan on a medium heat, add the garlic and onion, and cook for ten minutes, or until softened.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes into two centimeter cubes, and add to the pan along with the cumin seeds, turmeric, a little sea salt and a splash of water. Give everything a good stir, then cover and cook for five to ten minutes, or until the potatoes have just started to soften.
  3. Trim the cauliflower and chop to the same size as the spuds. Add to the pan along with the peas and another splash of water, and continue cooking for a further five minutes. Stir through the remaining spices and cook for a further ten minutes, or until the veg is soft and fragrant.  Roughly chop the coriander and scatter it over just before serving, if you like.

For the chilli paneer:

  1. Trim and finely slice the spring onions and chillies (deseed if you like). Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic, deseed the red pepper and roughly chop. Drizzle the ghee or oil into a large frying pan, add the ginger, garlic, peppers, most of the spring onions and chilli, and cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant and softened.
  2. Add the soy, rice wine vinegar, chilli sauce, sugar, cornflour and 200 milliliters water, give everything a good stir and simmer for ten minutes until thickened.
  3. Cut the paneer into 1.5 centimeter chunks and fry in a second pan with a little more ghee or oil until golden and crispy. Stir the paneer through the red pepper sauce and scatter over the remaining spring onions and chilli.

For the raita:  

  1. Peel and finely chop the cucumber, deseed the tomatoes and chillies and finely chop. Stir the chopped ingredients into the yoghurt along with the cumin powder and season to taste with sea salt.

For the parathas:

  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl with a good pinch of sea salt. Gradually pour in two tablespoons of oil and the milk, mixing with a fork until combined, then knead for a few minutes on a flour-dusted surface. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Rub a clean work surface with oil, then divide the dough into eight and roll out each piece to A4 size. One-by-one, stretch out the dough and roll it into a giant cigar, then roll it up like a snail.  Flatten it out with a rolling pin to just under 1/2 centimeter thick. Cook in a dry frying pan for three minutes on each side, or until golden and crisp, then sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Transfer to a board and smash together to expose the layers.


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