Getting Spicy with Dhal and Wedges.


This one of my favourite “store cupboard ” favourites. My Dahl moves from the tradional to include a mix of pulses (mainly because when I made it I didn’t have enough of just one ..but luckily it turned out great). I also added sweet potato for added sweetness and another burst of colour.
I love this as a comfort food when it’s cold and dark out. This is more of a warming blend of spices , but if you wanted to add chill for a kick it would work great here to. This recipe makes a fair amount of dahl , but don’t worry it freezes really well!

The split peas I always recommending soaking over night before hand. If not it will add a fair bit of time on the cooking !

Dahl Recipe :
1 cup of split peas (soaked over night )
3/4 cup red lentils
2 tbs Oil of your choice
1 Onion diced
1 inch of Ginger finely chopped
3 cloves of Garlic finely chopped
3tsp Turmeric
1tsp ground Cardamom
5 cups Vegetable stock  (you may need a little more if it gets dry)
1 Sweet Potato peeled and chopped
1/2 cup Raisins or Currants

Start by sautéing the Onion in the oil on a medium temperature. The idea is to make them soft as opposed to cooking them until browned. Once they’re getting soft , add the Garlic, Ginger and Turmeric  , mix this in making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
At this point add the Split peas, Red Lentils and Sweet Potato. Give everything a coat in the now yellow oil and then add your Vegetable Stock. At this point I sprinkle in the cardamom and salt.
Give everything a good stir and make sure nothing is stuck on the bottom of the pan. Pop the Raisins in at this stage.
Bring this to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Keep giving it a stir every now and again for about 45 mins or until the split please are tender but still holding shape.

While the Dalh cooks , you can make the Wedges.  You can multiply this up easily if you want more wedges.

Optional toppings :
Corriander leaves (Cilantro)
Toasted Cashews
Toasted Pumkin seeds

Recipe :
2 Potatoes
Tbs Oil
1/2 Tsp ground Ginger
1 Tsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cumin

Chop potatoes into wedges , and coat with Oil. Sprinkle with spices and toss to coat.
Pop into a preheated 400° oven for 30 mins.

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