Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spinach Chana Dal

Apparently this smelt good to everyone in our apartment block too. I bumped into my downstairs neighbour and she asked what it was that smelt so good and how she could cook it!

This tastes amazing, is super easy to make and ridiculously good for you. The only down side was I ate too much and upset my low fodmaps streak. Ah well, it was worth it.

Spinach Chana Dal
Makes 8-10 serves
1 tsp fenugreek
thumb sized fresh ginger
thumb sized fresh turmeric
1 tbsp dried turmeric
1/2 tsp cardamon
3 tbsp cumin
3 tbsp coriander
4 bay leaves- dried
6 cloves
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
3 tbsp lemon juice
stevia to taste
1/2 tsp chilli powder
4 cups soaked chana dal (overnight or at least 3 hrs) 2 cups dried
2 cups water
1 x 750g packet frozen spinach (use fresh if you can but frozen is so cheap, quick & easy)
  • soak chana dal (it will double in size)
  • chop ginger and turmeric
  • combine chana dal, water and all spices except garam masala
  • cook on low pressure for 15 mins 
  • simmer while adding spinach
  • when tender add lemon juice & garam masala 
  • enjoy with rice/popadoms (serve with 1 tsp vinegar if you're me but it tastes wonderful either way)
  • This keeps in the fridge and freezes well
I love dal, there's something so comforting about it to me- perhaps because my best friend's family is Indian so we ate a lot of it as kids? All I know is it satisfies me in the same way desserts do- glowing warmth from the inside out. I hope you enjoy this too!

All the best,

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  1. This just looks perfect! I am def. going to try this! What does 4c stand for? (4c soaked chana dal)

  2. Sorry hun- I need to proof read better lol it's cups.

  3. aH that made me smile, when the whole block smells your food and makes positive noises. For me this is comfort food, love it.

  4. I'm gonna have to try this soon! I love Indian food.


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