Meat Free Monday: Swede & Coconut Daal

Swede Coconut Vegan Dahl Recipe

We round off our Meat Free Monday series with a clever British veg re-work of a classic daal that works just as well as a vegan main as it does alongside a Sunday roast.

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, the Meat Free Monday campaign is going mainstream, as families recognise the environmental, health and money-saving benefits of opting for one or more vegetarian or vegan days a week. It’s all too easy though to get stuck in a pasta and cheese rut, so we asked ‘farm-to-front door’ pioneers Abel & Cole to share three simple and inspiring meat-free meals from their recipe box collection that the whole family will love.

This Anglicized vegan daal recipe is cosier than a pair of woolly slippers. And while it makes a wonderful bed for whole roasted pheasant (as pictured above) it’s just as great if you stay veggie and serve with rice, fried onions and naan bread. And it’s 100% vegan too.


Serves 4-6.


  • A gloss of olive or coconut oil
  • 1 mug of finely diced swede, carrot or squash
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 whole red chilli
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 mug of red lentils or yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1 finely diced onion or 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 mug of coconut milk
  • 3 mugs of water
  • 1 lime or lemon, zest and juice
  • A handful of dessicated coconut and/or almonds, toasted
  • A large handful of fresh coriander
  • Method

    1. Gloss a hot pan little oil. Add your diced swede. Season. Sizzle till just softened and starting to colour up a bit.
    2. Add the bay, chilli and cinnamon. Swirl in the lentils, onion/garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander seed. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Pop a lid on. Simmer for 45 mins or till all the liquid is absorbed into the lentils. Give the mix a good whisk every 10 mins or so. Trickle in a little more water as and when needed.
    3. Taste. Whip in more spices if you like. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. Finish with a hit of lime/lemon zest, a squeeze of juice, toasted coconut and/or almonds and fresh coriander.

    See more Meat Free Monday recipe ideas here.

    Abel & Cole deliver fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables, fruit, high welfare meat and fish to homes across the UK. Their recipe box service (winner of the Mr Fox recipe box challenge!) provides everything you need to cook nutritious, simple meals from scratch. They are currently offering 50% of first and fourth boxes (and a £10 shopping voucher). Find out more at Abel & Cole and see check out their full recipe collection for more inspiration.