Category Archives: bulgar wheat

To Dhal, or not to Dhal


Woke up this morning (dah nahnahnahnah!), my dhal was dead (dah nahnahnahnah!)……

Sorry, wrong “woke up this morning” gig.  That one’s next Saturday at Fat Joe’s Crocodile-Rock Shackarama, drop by if you’re in the area.  Don’t forget to tip the waitress, watch out for the alligators.  (Or is that tip the alligator, and watch out for the waitresses….)?

Woke up that morning and saw the silvery pavements that meant it had rained overnight.  Opened the window wide in the hope of cool, fresh air, and instead God turned his Hairdryer on my face at medium-high.

So, still fiendishly humid and warm, then.

And whilst apparently it’s normally okay to accidentally oversoak urad dhal lentils, it’s probably not a good idea to leave a bowl of them soaking for 24 hours, in a warm flat, during what have been the hottest two days of the summer so far…..

Despite the strange fruity sweet smell I persevered, drained and washed them, began to boil them and after 10 minutes of even weirder smells gave up and dumped the lot.  (Although from the hint of fermentation I think I might have been *this* close to inventing lentil beer).

Turned to the internet for inspiration, and tripped over this economical and tasty dish (the pilaf lasted me 3 meals and 1 snack):

I didn’t have any kale at the time, but picked some up later for a separate dish.  I also substituted bulgur wheat for millet, which worked well.  Suspect any similar grain would be good.



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Sweet potato, carrot and blackbean koftas


Tripped over a roasted butternut & black-bean kofta recipe on As I soaked and boiled a barrelful of black beans to make the chilli in the last recipe, I thought I’d set aside a couple of handfuls for this. With pitta bread, salad and low-fat mayo they’ll make an excellent packed lunch for the next couple of days. Assuming I don’t snaffle them all once they’re out of the oven….


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Get Stuffed!


Apologies for the hiatus in posting, the glut of recipes over the past few days meant I had more leftovers than I have meals in the day to eat said leftovers. And I draw the line at aubergine bake for breakfast (call me unadventurous if you will). Especially when the local Big Supermarket is doing low-fat vegetarian sausages for a pound a pack. Wholemeal bun, tomato, low-fat mayo and grilled sausage – sausage buttie for breakfast, the healthier way!

Having cleared a little space in the freezer, I decided to clear out some of the odds and ends from the fridge, and what better way than a nice casserole? This is a bit of a rib-sticker; bookmark it for next autumn when the chill starts to set in, your belly will thank you for it….

Vegetable Casserole with Dumplings

Beetroot Risotto


With the wettest April on record, the wettest June on record, a miserable July and a frankly bikini-hostile August, the garden has done very badly cropwise, presumably because my parents weren’t prescient enough to plant appropriate crops, like rice. And water lilies. And water-cress. And fish. There’s been a decent return on the string beans, garlic, cucumber and some of the cherry tomatoes seem to have begged, borrowed and stolen enough sunlight to finish ripening, but overall it’s been a poor show. The only other plant that seems to have mastered photosynthesis-whilst-underwater has been the humble beetroot, and there are several fat globes of it presiding over the fridge now with their usual “I dare you to eat me whilst wearing white clothes” vibe.

Yesterday saw a fairly thorough clean-out of my food cupboard, and there’s a decent handful of quinoa, a decent handful of bulgar wheat, and some white rice that could do with being mopped up, plus some button mushrooms, so this evening’s attempt at food-poisoning will be a variant on risotto.