Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dal Palak

I bought a garam marsala spice mix for the first time a few weeks ago, and I am just now getting around to using it. I figured since I bought a huge amount of spinach last week now would be a good time to make Dal Palak, a spicy lentil and spinach indian dish. And oh how I loved it.

I used a 90,000 (heat) chili powder, which made it VERY VERY spicy. I also didn't use the full amount of water because I like it more like stew and less like soup. I ate it with a piece of wheat bread, but it'd be amazing stuffed in pita, or served over rice.

Here's the recipe!

Dal Palak (makes about 8 cups)

1 large onion, diced
2 medium-sized red or white potatoes, cubed
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons coriander
1 Tablespoon garam marsala
2 teaspoons red chili powder
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
10 ounce bunch of spinach (or more!), cleaned and cut into ribbons
1 cup lentils
3 cups of water or broth
1-3 Tablespoon salt, to your taste

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, and pinch of salt, and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the potatoes and another pinch of salt, and cook until the edges are just starting to turn translucent.

Clear a space in the middle of the pan and add the ginger, garlic, spices, and some more salt. Cook until the garlic is fragrant (30 seconds), and then stir the spices into the mix. Add the diced tomatoes in their juices, the spinach, and the lentils. Stir to combine everything and then top with three cups of water or broth.

Turn the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for about 45 minutes until the lentils and potatoes are cooked through. Taste the soup to adjust the seasonings and salt.

And i had a mango for dessert.

I also have most of the other recipes on here typed out now. So if you still want them comment with your email address!

On a non-food note, i'll be visiting Washington in a month! I'm looking forward to the fresh air, the farmers markets, the family(!), all my KITTIES(!!), tea parties with mom & sis', interaction with people beyond the grocery store clerks and of course, clouds and rain. Oh and ikea, trader joe's, free coffee, liquidator stores, vegan restaurants galore, and did i mention KITTIES!! I'll stop now, but maybe for that month my blog and twitter updates will actually be worth someones time.

Peace for now.

1 comment:

  1. I know you posted this blog a long time ago, but I'm just discovering it. I moved out of my parents house and now have to begin cooking for myself, haha I'm finding your blog extremely helpful and cute!
    anyway, posting a comment with my e-mail address for more recipes :)


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