Category Archives: lentils

Carrot & Spinach Dhal

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Okay, I admit that this isn’t the prettiest dish you’ll ever throw into a bowl, but, it’s as comforting and warming as a bowl of porridge with treacle (treacle!), only with the vitamins and iron of carrot & spinach, and the protein of that faithful old standby, red lentils.   The left overs are even better the next day, chucked in a dish to reheat in the oven, with an egg cracked over them halfway through to bake:

Original from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/22/carrot-dal-self-saucing-pasta-recipe-anna-jones-modern-cook

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Youuu Saaagggggg…!!!

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Had a craving for spinach.  Bought a bag of spinach.  Made a lentil and spinach curry with yogurt (okay enough, but not really worth inclusion in the blog).  Then made chana saag and aloo saag (chickpea & spinach, and potato & spinach), which were worth inclusion.  Plus I have a few green leaves left for my sister’s guinea pigs.  Leafy, iron-rich result all round I feel.

Recipes from http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/537962/saag-aloo and from http://www.quickindiancooking.com, which is a frankly lovely and quite hilarious blog.  Go visit.  Go on, shoo.

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Pea, Dhal & Mushroom Curry

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I suppose I feel obliged to comment on That Photo by Kim Kardashian; to whit, I’m reminded I need somewhere new to park my mountain bike.

Saturday dinner was tasty homity pie and breaded mushrooms at the lovely Jekyll & Hyde pub, Home of the Yes You Have More Than One Vegetarian Option and they ALL look taaaasty menu.  Sunday was Whatsleftoftheauberginechilli on toast, then a 45 minute walk at a brisk trot to the EnormoAsda, as I needed the ingredients for a Fattoush salad for Sunday dinner at Dad’s.  Also picked up some ‘shrooms for this highly spicy mushroom curry.

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/south-indian-mushroom-peas-curry/

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Moong Dhal – the Cure

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Work is full of sick people, and it doesn’t help that because our heating system is old and dodgy the entire office is kept at a standard temperature more usually associated with tropical islands, dusky maidens in grass skirts and strategically-placed half-coconut shells etc etc.

I’m nursing an eyelid cyst along with everything else, and began to get serious cravings for spinach and dark leaved vegetables last week.  Figuring that my body knows what it needs, I indulged it with spinach frittata / sweetheart cabbage & brie bake / red lentil & spinach curry, but apparently this wasn’t enough to stave off illness, as I woke this morning with a sore throat and headache.

Phoned in sick and slept through till 1pm.  Ate the last of the spinach frittata. Found some whisky at the back of the drinks cabinet and had a hot toddy with honey*.  Then fired up this creamy moong lentil dhal, which apparently is a popular recipe with the convalescent and sick in India….

Original here:

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/moong-dal-tadka/

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*if you’re going to be ill you might as well enjoy it…

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Lentil, Bulgur Wheat, Paprika & Mint Soup

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Between overtime at work and various other stuff it’s likely to be busy this week, so decided to knock up this tasty lentil soup.  Between this, the biryani rice, and a pack of defrosted mini-naans I should be well sorted dinner-wise for the week ahead….

Original from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/05/couscous-bulgur-quinoa-recipes

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Million Dhallor Baby

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Next up, chana dhal.  Tasty and moreish.  That was dinner, on a humid Saturday night, along with freshly-fried flatbreads, samosa and bhaji.  We paddled in the big paddling pool in the back garden, drank copious amounts of vodka, and ate like slightly damp kings…..

Original found here:

http://www.spiceupthecurry.com/chana-dal-recipe/

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Hyderabadi dhal

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Sometimes the only thing you can do is kick back, pour a drink, crank up the volume on Exile in Main Street, and throw something spicy in the direction of the stove.  This smooth and moreish dhal should do the trick….

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/02/dal-chicken-korma-goat-keema-recipes-karam-sethi

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