This is a basic lentil dhal recipe and one of my favourite vegan dinners. If you're new to vegan cooking, this recipe would be brilliant to start with. I always use red split lentils and rinse them and soak for about 24 hours before cooking, changing the soaking water at least twice. That way the phytic acid content is reduced and the lentils are easier to digest. And did you know that lentils count towards your 7-a-day???