Rinse and drain the lentils. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Sauté until the onion is golden. And the garam masala turmeric and lentils and sauté for another minute.
Add the tomatoes and water and bring to the boil before lowering the heat. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add the seasoning and continue to cook until the the dhal has a thick consistency.
Note: Dhal is a thick spicy stew made from hulled split pulses. Mostly it's made with lentils of split peas but can be made from any number of beans and peas including yellow peas, chickpeas, mung beans and kidney beans.
Makes 4 servings