Recipe Thursday: Simple Dahl

 

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I’m sharing another one of my old recipes. I took a poll on Facebook, and this was the recipe people wanted to see.  It’s one of my kids favorite recipes ever.

If you can’t find black mustard seeds, leave them out. It’s not a big deal…  everything else should be easily found in any well stocked grocery store. One tip about spices: buy them in bulk from a health food store or whole foods. They are so much cheaper!

I use a lot of garlic. I recommend it, but if you don’t want to use as much feel free to cut down. If you are sensitive to heat, then start with 2 tbsp. of ginger.

I love this recipe so much! I hope you do too.

SIMPLE DAHL

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-4 tbsp. freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 lb. red lentils
  • 4-6 cups vegetable broth (I use better than bouillon)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • Braggs or Soy Sauce to taste
  • 1 cup chopped, fresh tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp. diced, raw red onion
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 pieces

Method:

  1. In a heavy bottom 4 qt. pan over medium heat, add the oil, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the onion and garlic along with the salt. Cook for around 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the spices and toast with the onion mixture for around 1 minute, then add the ginger, lentils and broth (start with 4 cups)
  3. Bring to a simmer, lower heat and cook for around 30 minutes, adding more broth if needed.
  4. When lentils are cooked, stir in the cilantro, lemon juice and zest, sesame oil, and season with Braggs or soy sauce.
  5. Serve over basmati rice and top with fresh tomatoes, raw onion, and a wedge of lime.

My Must-Have Veggies!

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I am often asked what veggies to buy, so I’m writing this post to tell you all about my favorite veggies! These are what I always have on hand at home (and at work in my commercial kitchen!)

I can’t talk about shopping with gushing over my favorite store ever, Market Basket! If you get a chance click on the link above, and see how the employees and shoppers stood up for their CEO and demanded his return to the company when he was ousted! It’s an amazing story. (They buy a lot of their produce from local farms and when they were on strike, Whole Foods snatched it up and charged 4 times as much!) 

So, my love of Market Basket started way back when in 1997 when I first moved to New England. I was living in Concord, NH and noticed immediately that the both the selection and the prices were amazing. It continues to this day and each time I go, I love it even more. I can even get Umeboshi Vinegar at the store in Brockton, MA!

But I will stop swooning about Market Basket, and get down to business. These are my staple veggies.

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  • Red and Green Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Red and Yellow Onions
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Red Radishes
  • Daikon
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Jalapenos, Serrano, or Habanero Peppers
  • Limes

I like to use kale in place of lettuce, and cabbage is pretty much my favorite veggie ever. I also buy frozen peas, frozen corn, shelled edamame, and frozen mixed veggie. When frozen cauliflower and broccoli is on sale ($.99/lb.) I usually stock up on that as well.

I like to prepare my veggies in a variety of ways so I don’t get sick of them.

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Daikon, Carrot, Onion, Tumeric, Jalapeno Pickles
  • Raw
  • Roasted
  • Grilled
  • Steamed
  • Spiralized
  • Sauteed
  • Massaged
  • Soups/Stews

 

 

 

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What are some of your staples?