Lisa Mychols’ Trinidadian Dhal recipe

By DJ Mike

Lisa Mychols

This past Saturday, Lisa Mychols was my guest on my Woody Radio show (listen here). Ever since I’ve known her, she’s always looked forward to one of my interview questions: “what’s your favorite food?”. Turns out, Lisa is a bit of a foodie, and she had a really special answer to the question this time: Dhal, made the Trinidadian way.

Dhal is childhood comfort food for Lisa, and she promised to get us the recipe. So here it is–Lisa’s Dhal recipe. Warning: I’m getting hungry, and need some of this right about now. Bon appetit! (And while you’re at it, check out her music here:

And now, heeeeerrrrrreeee’s Lisa:

This is a recipe I basically found from both Caribbean Pot, and another site I somehow can’t seem to find anymore, lol. This recipe is pretty much the same one I grew up with–ENJOY!

1 Cup Split Peas
2 Cups Water
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Garlic Cloves
1/4 Cup Onion finely chopped
1 Tsp Salt
***OPTIONAL: Scotch Bonnet Pepper (or a dash of Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce)
For later…..
2 Tsp Oil (or ghee)
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1) Boil split peas in 2 cups of water until it comes to the boil.

2) Add turmeric, 1 clove garlic, hot pepper and onion; cover, lower heat and cook until peas are tender; add more water if necessary.

3) Add salt to taste and purée until mixture becomes thick. (Use a swizzle stick, Dhal Gutnee or your blender.)

4) Heat oil in a small pot; add cumin and remaining garlic and fry until brown.

5) Pour in split peas mixture add pepper sauce to taste and stir well.

6) Serve with hot rice or roti ….and some Scotch Bonnet hot sauce!!!!


Here is what my swizzle stick looks like. My mom brought it back from Trinidad. I’ve also used a wooden cocktail swizzle stick (also from Trinidad), not knowing it was for cocktails, lol, and it still seemed to work, lol!

If you don’t have any kind of a swizzle stick, you can use a blender or nutra-bullet (just make sure it’s not too hot when blending! I once blended hot tomato soup and it exploded everywhere! lol!

Here is the cocktail swizzle stick….still kinda worked, lol…

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