Friday, 14 March 2014

Veggie Wednesday 2.




I can hardly describe how much I adore rice and dahl.

There is something so simple and refreshing about it. I always feel as if my entire inner workings are being cleansed. And, as if that isn't enough, it costs just peanuts.

My own method of preparing the dahl (there are thousands) is as follows. After washing the tiny pink lentils in about 3 changes of very hot water (to release most of the starch), the lentils are boiled for about 15 mins until soft. Do not add salt at this stage, or they won't break down properly. I then leave the lentils in their water until I require them.

After draining, I add plenty of plain yoghurt, curry paste, a shredded spinach leaf or two, maybe half a veggie stock cube, some lemon juice, and garam masala; combine ingredients whilst reheating, and that's about it.

Serve with basmati rice, and plenty of your favourite Indian pickles, etc.

It's not easy to make a photo of rice and dahl look appetising, but I've done my best.


20 comments:

  1. You have done very well.
    It looks great. It can so easily look like something the dogs have thrown up.

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  2. I love Dahl, it was a life saver in my teenage years when I experimented with being vegetarian. Dahl & naan bread takes me right back! It looks lovely.

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  3. I would never voluntarily become a vegetarian but your meal does look delicious - maybe I will become a convert.

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  4. I like dahl too. We used to make it lots in the 1970s and have it with brown rice and it was very dry and had to be forced down and we pretended we were something like hippies I suppose. I don't remember getting Indian pickles in those days. I am sure it will cleanse your inner workings.

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  5. It looks great - although you did seem to have two greenish slugs slithering across the plate until I put my specs on. I know what you mean about the combination of rice and lentils. Short grain brown rice and chickpea curry is the magical combination for me.

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    1. I think Chickpea curry might well feature in next weeks Veggie Wednesday.

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  6. What I want to know is who goes around sprinkling carrots on top of it after it has hit the street?

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    1. No 1 on the 'mysteries of life' list.

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  7. I think it looks quite appetising Cro - although it is not the farmer's chosen fare I am afraid.

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    1. Rice and dahl is one of those veggie dishes where one does NOT end-up 'missing the meat'. It is very satisfying, and any curry fan would usually love it; I'm sure. You could but try!

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  8. I love rice, but I must confess, I've never heard of dahl before. It does look good to me, though, so I'd be willing to give it a try.

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  9. the dahl and rice looks lovely, but I don't fancy the slugs :-)

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    1. They are green chillies; very nice too!

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  11. Another of my favourites. I will try your recipe for it. Not sure about the "slugs" though.

    When I make dahl I usually make too much and find myself constantly going to the fridge to eat spoonfuls of the cold left-overs.

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    1. I mix the left-overs with Gram Flour, and fry like 'burgers'.

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  12. I could just eat a plate of that right now. One of my favourite 'go to' foods when I'm feeling in need of comfort. :)

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