The days are getting cooler & the nights are best spent inside curled up on the lounge under a warm blanket. But nothing warms the belly quite like a hearty meal. A few months back, I stumbled upon a fantastic recipe, Hippie Mumma's easy dhal. It is so good! As I usually do, I started customizing the recipe just a little. I like a lot of veggies. I like them a lot!! So I bulked it up a bit. This recipe is awesome, yes awesome, because its all done in one pot. No cooking ingredients separately. You just throw it all in the pot & watch it simmer.So you can pop it on while the witching hour is upon us (all mothers know what I am talking about!). This is a great dish to serve with rice. Did you notice my nice new cast iron pot??? I spied them in the Aldi brochure & I knew I just had to have them! Not only are they my fave colour, but I think I can now pack away the rest of my casserole dishes for the girls when they move out of home. These cast iron pots are super fabulous. I have 2 & I just want one more.
OK, on to the recipe.
In a large pot, throw in theses ingredients.
- 1 cup of red lentils, rinsed well
- 1 sweet potato, peeled & cut into cubes
- 1 cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cups of stock, I use veggie stock
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of garam masala (found in the spice aisle)
- 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric (found in the spice aisle)
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder
- salt & pepper to taste
You can adjust these spices to suit your taste. You could even add some chilli for a kick. This recipe is not super spicy. It is like Goldilocks says, "It's just right."
- rice to serve
- yogurt to serve (optional)
Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until lentils have softened & the liquid is nice & thick. Keep a lid on the pot while it is simmering.
I like to serve it with brown rice but you could serve with any type of rice. Just put the dhal & rice on the table & let everyone serve themselves.
This recipe also freezes well. I have a freezer full of meal sized containers of dhal right now. It makes the best reheated lunch ever!