Two Out of Three Aint Bad - Spinach Dahl

Cook Meter: Amateur ( I just can't cook lentils!)
Cost Meter:  $

I find it quite fitting that my very first Bread And Sniff It disaster is also my first vegetarian meal. When I had completed it I had a conversation with myself. It went alot like this.

Spinach Dahl

Mel: I knew I shouldn't have made this!
Mel: yeah well I told you but you had to try and be all healthy and well rounded didn't you.
Mel: Hey, don't you think it was worth a try?
Mel: Not when the end result looks like grassy porridge.
Mel: It does look like grassy porridge! Well it might still taste nice.
Mel: Hah your actually going to try it?
Mel: Well I can't just throw it out can I?
Mel: You're going to have to force the boys to eat it and then you're going to have to eat it too.
Mel: Sigh

I'm still going to give you this recipe because unlike me you may not overcook the lentils. My issue is that I LOVE MEAT. A meal without meat is pretty much not a meal for me. So to get me to eat vegetarian anything it has to be pretty amazing. And yes I have had quite a few amazing vegetarian meals but this was not one of them. I know that technically the meal was ruined because I overcooked the lentils and when I say overcook I mean OVERCOOKED BY 40 MINUTES...OOPS. I also think that the slightly more subtle flavours of this dish were overshadowed by the pungent Chicken Tikka Masala so that wouldn't have helped either. I think I will try this recipe again, but next time it will be all vegie all the way.


This recipe comes from my cookbook, Fresh Indian by Sunil Vijayakar

Ingredients:
250g red lentils. rinsed and drained
1.2L water
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tsp finely grated ginger
100g spinach leaves chopped
large handful of coriander chopped
5 cloves of garlic
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1 red chilli
sea salt

Method:
1. Place lentils in a large saucepan with the water, tumeric and ginger. Bring to the boil. Skim off an scum that forms on the surface. I didnt know what scum looked like. Just wait a bit and you'll see it, it looks scummy.

2. Lower heat and cook for 20mins, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and chopped coriander, stir and cook for 8-10mins.

3. Heat the oil in a small, nonstick frying pan and when it is hot add, garlic, cumin and mustard seeds, ground cumin and coriander and red chilli. Stirfry for 2-3mins then tip this mixture into the lentils. Stir to mix well, season and serve immediately.

Comments

  1. Grassy porridge never looked so good!

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  2. I know! Too bad it didn't taste like it looks. I think its also because mind-blowingly amazing dahl before so anything less was just a disappointment.

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  3. I too think it looks quite pretty :-) I love dhal, so I don't think it can ever turn out too bad...

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