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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Spinach, Sweet Potato and Lentil Dahl : A Winter Classic

"It's the time of year where our bodies are craving nothing more than curling up by the fire with a bowl of soul-warming food that's going to nourish us from the inside out. This dahl could be described as a winter classic,! It's packed with fresh seasonal vegetables and spices to support digestion and immunity, alongside the healthy fats of coconut cream that give you brighter energy, for longer. The best part about this dish is it comes together in half an hour and you can easily double the batch to last a week!" 


Ingredients 
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow (brown) onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
½ long red chili, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam marsala
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 x 14 fl oz (400g) can diced tomatoes
1 medium sweet potato, cut into small even chunks
½ cup red split lentils, soaked overnight
1 cup vegetable stock
½ x 14 fl oz (400mL) can coconut cream
1 cup baby spinach leaves

To serve
¼ bunch cilantro (coriander) leaves
Coconut yogurt

Method
1. Heat the olive oil in a large, wide-base pot or pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until it begins to soften.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, and chili, continuing to sauté for another minute. Then add turmeric, cumin, and garam marsala. Lightly sauté for 2 - 3 minutes or until fragrant.
3. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, sweet potato, lentils, stock, and coconut cream. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked. Stir through baby spinach leaves right at the end.
4. Serve topped with cilantro leaves and a dollop of coconut yogurt.
See original recipe here
Need help with weight/measurement conversion, see here

Did you know - Dahl (also spelled dhal, daal, and dal) is essentially a thick South Asian-inspired lentil stew that is often prepared with ghee or clarified butter. There ​is actually a wide range of dahls made from many different types of lentils and other vegetables called "pulses." Dried and split, they are cooked with various spices, meats, and vegetables. Options include red and yellow lentils, mung beans, lobiya (black-eyed peas), and chickpeas, among others. It's easy to modify a dahl to make it mild or spicy or to create a full dahl-based meal or a side dish.
More to read, including a Spicy Vegan Lentil Dahl here


Dear reader, this blog offers a wide variety of recipe/food ideas, not all may be suitable for YOU. If you may have any food likes / dislikes, allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

42 comments:

Pam said...

Bon Appetit - enjoy your meal. I try to enjoy all my meals but it don't always happen that way esp if you go out to eat, never know what you will get. However when I am cooking, I make my meals, fast, easy and delish. Less ingredients the best. HAHA....I am not a fan of cooking.

DVArtist said...

Ohhh I am so making this today. Thanks so much. Have a great day.

CraveCute said...

Looks delicious!

Snowbird said...

That looks utterly delicious!xxx

Tom said...

...something new to me.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Soup day!

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds good.

mamasmercantile said...

New to me too, not something that I have tried before.

Betty said...

that does look very delicious - curry is my favourite subject! Comments on your last post were varied and interesting - your blog is not just food but food for thought, thanks!

sandy said...

Looks and reads like it would be pretty good.

Christine said...

Comforting and delicious!

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds wonderful! Have a great week, Valerie

Laurie said...

Yum yum yum !

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks delicious! Thanks Jan! Big Hugs!

happyone said...

Sounds delicious and perfect for these cold winter days.

Jenn Jilks said...

You find the best recipes!

Carla from The River said...

Yum, I always appreciate the new ideas/recipes you share. Thank you Jan!!

Angie said...

Jan - this is right up my alley. I am sitting by the fire right now, and a dish of this would be perfect!!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes with all of us.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

This is just the recipe I wanted! I will add the ingredients to my weekly shopping list! -Jenn

Catarina said...

That is what I am planning to make tomorrow. Went to the supermarket to buy sweet potatoes but forgot to buy the coconut cream. This time I will be adding chickpeas instead of lentils.
It is delicious!!

Little Wandering Wren said...

I would be very happy to have a weeks supply of this recipe - it looks just my meal, i love dahl!

Iris Flavia said...

Thank you, sounds yummy and I have most of the spices anyway - added to my cooking list :-)

Jules said...

It looks delicious. Another must try recipe. And I just love fresh corriander. X

Jo said...

That looks like good comfort food, perfect for the cold weather.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks delicious, another great recipe.
Thanks for sharing. Have a happy day!

Marco Luijken said...

That looks great. I love it.

Greetings, Marco

Ella said...

Bon Appetit!
I will certainly enjoy all the ingredients!

linda said...

This looks amazing I must try it.

Sue said...

This sounds delicious, and I'm a real fan of sweet potatoes! Take care and have a great week, Sue xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It does sound good and we like soups in the winter months even though it's not as cold here. Hugs!

Divers and Sundry said...

I like lentils but have never tried this combo. Looks good!

carol l mckenna said...

Sounds and look delish! ~

Have question ~ I made but modified a recent vegetable stew you had posted here ~ it turned out yummy ~ my question is ~ did you really put can of baked beans in the stew? Do you know the recipe I mean?

Moment by moment......

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Conniecrafter said...

looks perfect for a cold day

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds SO good. I even have all the ingredients except coconut cream.

Lowcarb team member said...

Carol l mckenna said...
Sounds and look delish! ~

Have question ~ I made but modified a recent vegetable stew you had posted here ~ it turned out yummy ~ my question is ~ did you really put can of baked beans in the stew? Do you know the recipe I mean?

Moment by moment......

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor

Hello Carol
Many thanks for your comments and question.
Yes, the recipe you are referring to is the vegetable stew on this post here

https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/2021/01/vegetable-stew-so-versatile.html

You do not have to use baked beans you could swap for another type, but baked beans can add an additional layer to the overall flavour.
I do adjust the amounts of ingredients used as necessary, the recipe featured will serve 8 people.

Hope this helps

All the best Jan

My name is Erika. said...

That looks so good. I've never had anything similar to that.

Magic Love Crow said...

This looks interesting! I think it would taste very good! Big Hugs Jan!

Martha said...

This is so delicious!

Jean said...

Made this today for lunch with bacon pancakes. Delicious and lots left for another time.
Thank you!

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you everybody for your comments and thoughts on this recipe suggestion.
It certainly has been a popular one :)

@Jean; so pleased you enjoyed this for lunch today, it's always nice to receive feed back!

Have a good new week, they seem to pass by so quickly.

All the best Jan

Phil Slade said...

"Simple but effective" is the way guys. We make something very similar every two or three weeks and it is just the job for cold, dreary winter days at lunchtime.

Crafty Green Poet said...

That looks delicious!