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Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and gently fry the onion and ginger until really soft. Stir in the spices and sugar for a minute, then follow with all the lentils, the coconut milk and 2 tins of water. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are almost tender and creamy, about 40 minutes. If they start to get too dry, just add more water.
Stir in half the diced tomatoes, followed by enough salt and lemon juice to taste – it will need a fair amount of salt. Carry on cooking for 5-10 minutes until the lentils are very soft and the tomatoes are breaking down. Keep warm.
Mix the coconut with the turmeric, to colour, and a pinch of salt, Put onto plate, then put the flour on another and the beaten egg on a third. Dip the fish fillets in the flour, shake off the excess, then coat in egg, then the coconut mix.
Heat the oil for the fish in a frying pan until hot, then fry the fish for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through.
Divide the dhal between plates or shallow bowls and scatter with the remaining diced tomatoes and the pomegranate seeds. Add a crispy pollock fillet to each. Serve with mango chutney, yoghurt, naan bread and lemon wedges, if you like.