Monday, January 30, 2012

Makhani Dhal

In these cold winter nights, I can't help but hibernate. I just want to warm up with a bowl of soup and hot tea. The nice thing about being cooped up in the house is I start getting more crafty. I got some inspiring things for Christmas like washi tape, beautiful yarns & spools of striped twine, stationary, and some really unique journals. Can't wait to dig into those. 

I'm getting to like lentils more and more. And with spices, all the better! This recipe is packed full of em. I modified it a bit from the original to make it healthier (vegan). The recipe is from BBC's Good Food Magazine. I served this with hummus and toasted pita bread. 

Makhani Dhal

8 oz. black lentils
2 onions, finely chopped
2 green chiles, deseeded and sliced (I used serano)
2 oz. butter or coconut oil
1 T. grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 t. ground turmeric
1/2 t. hot chili powder (optional)
2 t. ground cumin
2 t. ground coriander 
2 bay leaves
2 14.5-oz. cans red kidney beans (I used cannellini, drained & rinsed
1/2 can of coconut milk or some cream(or less)
1/2 t. garam masala
handful of chopped coriander (optional)

Boil the lentils in enough water to cover them for 15 minutes, or until almost tender. Meanwhile, fry the onions and chiles in the butter/coconut oil for about 7 minutes until they start to soften. Stir in the ginger, garlic, and spices and cook over a low heat for 1 minute more.
 Pour in almost-tender lentils and add water if needed. Toss in the bay leaves and beans, then simmer for 20 minutes more until thickened.  (This can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, or frozen for up to 1 month)
 To serve, return to the heat if necessary and stir in the coconut milk (or cream). Season with salt & pepper. Pour into a bowl, dust with garam masala and scatter with coriander (if using). 
This dish was very good. Not my favorite actually. My mom liked it more than I did. It would have been good served over brown rice. We discussed it at the table and decided it needed some potatoes in it. That would have kicked it up. Please let me know if you try it and could suggest anything. I'm always interested in new ideas.

Blessings and Goodnight.

Chef Teebs


Anonymous said...

We've had that before. It was good but not our favorite. There's another Indian dish we love with tons of veggies in it. I can't remember the name though.

Missy ~ said...

Lovely. I think this looks gorgeous and likely tastes eve better. I agree that soups are the perfect comfort food in these cold months!