Monday, 15 July 2013

A Doll of a Dal

Dal is a delicious and easy first vegetarian dish. It's made with lentils which are easy to make and little protein powerhouse to boot. 

To make lentils all you do is simmer them away in salted water. They're pretty hard to mess up and taste great in everything from appetizers to dinners and even desserts. 

Dal is an Indian dish, but I think it would taste great with a lot of different spices. I know I will be trying out a few different combinations and I hope you do too. 

Red Lentil Dal - serves 4

1 cup dried red lentils
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon each of fennel seed, cumin seeds, turmeric, and ground coriander
1 small yellow hot pepper, finely chopped
4 cups fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate, you could probably substitute this with 2 teaspoons brown sugar and 11/2 tablespoons lime juice as tamarind is sweet and very tart
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot rice, for serving
1 lime, quartered for garnish

1. Start by cooking your lentils in salted simmering water. Cook for about 20 minutes or until lentils start to break down.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, cook onions, garlic, pepper, and spices in the oil. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until onion and pepper are soft.

3. Add lentils and spinach to onion mixture and cook until spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.

4. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and tamarind concentrate.

5. Serve on rice with limes for squeezing.

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