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We know Indian cuisine is underrepresented here at vegan.io, so I'm going to be working on changing that. The recipe that will crack the seal is my very own version of dal with spinach. It has all the flavour of the original dish but with a vegan twist.
We really like Indian cuisine, unfortunately, a lot of their food is cooked with ghee. This can be particularly tricky when you eat out. You might think you are eating a vegan meal when in reality it is only vegetarian. Fortunately, a lot of places will accommodate and have vegan options.
Since we like to have options and cooking at home sometimes it is the best option, I've been working on converting a bunch of recipes to have them available. That way, whenever you crave the heartwarming flavours of Indian cousins you'll be sorted out with all the good stuff.
Dal with spinach has to be one of the popular dishes you'll find in any Indian restaurant. It's known all over the world and a staple in a lot of Indian homes. You might have seen it as dal paalak, though.
The word dal refers to a dish made from spiced legumes, think lentils, beans or peas. And paalak is the Hindi word for spinach. This combo plus the rest of the ingredients and spices, is an absolute truckload of nutrition! A bowl of dal with spinach is heartwarming, nutritious, and incredibly healing.
We are using yellow lentils for this dal with spinach recipe. This variety cooks a bit faster than the rest. It also adds a bit of consistency to your meal, it is great for soups, stews and of course, dal! The flavour is also a bit different, you can experiment with the other kinds but I always recommend using yellow lentils when making dal with spinach.
Lentils will enrich your meal in so many ways. In this case, not only will it add a thicker consistency to the stew, it also adds a long list of benefits to your diet. Here are a few things lentils are good for:
Lentils in general are also a great source of plant-based protein and fibre. They make your meal really filling but you won't feel heavy and slow after a big bowl of dal with spinach.
Lentils mixed with spinach doesn't seem like a big deal. But Indian spices come to the rescue and they'll make some magic in your kitchens. In the list, you will see cinnamon, garam masala, cardamon, coriander, cumin lemon grass, anise and turmeric powder. You can only imagine what your kitchen will smell like after throwing all these spices in the pot!
This dal with spinach is very aromatic and incredibly flavourful. The trick here is to leave everything to simmer for about 20 minutes. All the beautiful flavours of Indian spices will infuse your food. Serve the dal alongside brown rice and get ready to be transported!
For the dal
For the spices
For the rice
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 619||From Fat 63|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||10.7%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||4.3%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 117g||39.1%|
|Dietry Fiber 17g||67.1%|
|Vitamin A 33770.08IU||675.4%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 1.15mg||57.4%|
|Vitamin C 56.84mg||94.7%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 6.24mg||20.8%|
|Vitamin K1 573.31µg||716.6%|
|Pantothenic acid 1.54mg||15.4%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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