British Dal Festival - 21-31 March 2020

School Resources

The Magic of Dal – Schools Pack

The British Dal Festival provides the perfect opportunity to run a cooking workshop and cross-curricular lesson focusing on one of the world’s most economical, simple, nutritious and, above all, delicious dishes. 

Jenny Chandler, author of Pulse and United Nations European Pulse Ambassador in 2016, has created an educational pack, including the Magic of Dal Key Stage 2 Lesson Plan, Dal Images for Classroom Use and Dal Cooking Session Risk Assessment, all available free to schools nationwide. 

Download the materials for free

This lesson is designed to run in a standard class room with just 2 hobs if a kitchen is not available. The lesson plan includes:

  • Setting up the cooking class
  • An Equipment List
  • The Recipe
  • A Risk Assessment Form
  • An introduction to the topic – What is Dal?
  • Plenty of background information to select from, making the cooking session as informative as possible. This could be run as a separate lesson to provide background for the dal lesson or simply be used during the cooking session in order to bring the dish alive.
  • What is a pulse? What is dal?
  • Geography and context
  • History
  • Healthy Eating
  • Sustainability
  • A Challenge