Thursday, 10 February 2022

Red Lentil Dahl

 


I made a large pan of dahl the other day.  

It always seems like such an easy recipe and one that gives multiple portions for me as I like a lot more rice than dahl so it goes a long way.  I could literally ... and indeed have done on numerous occasions ... eat a bowl of rice with just salt and pepper I love it that much.  But there's not much goodness or protein in plain rice so adding some dahl to my bowl gives a good hit of both.

Whenever I bought this coconut milk, it must have been quite a while ago as it was out of date, I had obviously picked up the 'light' version by mistake as this is something I never do, and it really stood out in the finished dish.  That luscious creaminess that I'm used to achieving just wasn't there.

But I wanted to use it up so I did, and I added lots of spinach for the healthy greens side of things.

It made enough for three good portions for me and a large single portion for Alan to go with a roast chicken portion for his tea.

I used the recipe from Deliciously Ella's book, but dahl basically is just lentils, onions, spices and coconut milk if you like it creamy.  Nice, cheap to make and very simple ... and much tastier than these simple ingredients would suggest it is going to be.

I think it's important to have a good base selection of spices in stock if you want to make cheap meals taste better, and I've just used the last of my curry powder so I better add that to this weeks shopping list.  I'll have a rummage through the cupboards first though just in case there is some lurking in there.


Sue xx



10 comments:

  1. Dahl! You've just reminded me I've got half a jarful of red lentils and an opened bag of frozen spinach that have both been hanging about for far too long.....so that's now on my list of dinners to make over the next month. I'll add some diced potatoes to mine, the day before yesterday husband brought in the last lot of his homegrown spuds (grown in bags) from last year. They'd started sprouting again so need using up quickly. Thanks for the idea, Sue!

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    1. My pleasure, I hope you enjoy it. Potatoes in dahl just go so well don't they and they make it even healthier. :-)

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  2. Ooooh, that's got my taste buds a-tingling.
    Totally agree about a good selection of herbs/spices. They make such a difference.
    xx

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    1. They really do, I think my favourites are a good basic curry powder, cumin and turmeric.

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  3. Dahl, I do love a good Dahl and haven't made any for a while now. May do a batch over the weekend, thanks for prompting me.

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    1. Once it's done you can use it so easily can't you, and it freezes beautifully too.

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  4. What a great idea! You've started the taste buds again. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Haha ... you are so easily tempted by your tingling taste buds. :-)

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  5. I have never made or tried it, must have a go.

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  6. Nor me - but now I'm intrigued and determined to make some. Thanks for the inspiration. x

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