Golden Cauliflower Dal with Spinach, Red Lentils and Coconut, a gently spiced Indian stew that is warming and comforting.
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~ Tennyson
A whole head of cauliflower meets red split lentils in this simple healthy Golden Cauliflower Dal recipe. A delicious, wholesome plant-based meal that comes together quickly and easily in about 35 minutes on the stovetop.
What is dal?
Dal, in essence, is a fragrant Indian stew made of split lentils, or other split pulses like mung beans, chickpeas, or peas. Highly nutritious, dal is healthy Indian comfort food- nourishing, flavorful, full of plant-based protein and fiber. A staple in Indian cuisine with many variations.
This version is packed with extra nutrients from the addition of fresh cauliflower and spinach. Scoop it up with freshly baked naan bread or serve it with basmati rice, either way, you’ll love the soothing flavors.
Golden Cauliflower Dal | 60-sec Video!
You’ll need one cup of red split lentils.
The first thing to be done to ensure success is to soak the lentils in 2 cups boiling water while you prep the rest of the ingredients. This will allow the lentils to cook faster, and in time with the cauliflower. This is key.
Lightly crush the coriander, just to break apart.
Cook the whole spices for a couple of minutes, until fragrant.
Add the shallot, garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant and golden.
Add a couple of chilies if you like for a subtle heat.
To give this beautiful golden color, add curry powder and turmeric.
Add the lentils and the water they are soaking in, and fenugreek.
Give a good stir.
Stir in the coconut milk and cauliflower florets and give another good stir.
Cover and let simmer 10 minutes, or until the lentils and cauliflower are tender.
Uncover and cook off some of the liquid, and add a few handfuls of baby spinach.
One little thing I like to do is double the whole spices and ghee, and remove half ( before making the dal) then spoon it over top of the finished dish, using this as the tempering oil.
It adds more flavor but is not imperative.
Sprinkle with cilantro or scallions and serve.
Serve the Cauliflower Dal with naan bread, or rice, or on its own in a bowl, like a stew.
Have a wonderful New Years Eve,
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