Hi, Ray here again.
Ever since I started making curries by following the great curry recipes on the Curry Focus website, I’ve discovered lots of different curry dishes that I had never heard of before. I was pretty much a stranger to the delights of a great dal curry but that has changed over the years. With India being predominantly Hindu, vegetarian dishes are a lot more common than meat dishes and dal is the jewel in the crown.
Dal curries are made from pulses (lentils, peas and beans) and are a rich source of protein (100g of dal gives almost the same amount of protein as 100g of meat, believe it or not).
And dal curries are so cheap. A few handfuls of lentils, some onions and tomatoes, a few spices and a serving of rice will fill most people for a lot less than a meat curry.
There are lots of different dal recipes and dal I regularly mix up a batch of rice and dal and package it up in the freezer for workday lunches – a couple of minutes in the microwave soon cooks a tasty meal.
So what about the combination of dal and spinach? What can I say? Simply delicious.
So it was great glee that I spotted a dal recipe that has been on the Curry Focus website for a few years without being spotted by me. And it was a recipe for Spinach Dal. Perfect. This week’s recipe almost chose itself.
The dal’s pulse ingredient was lentils, which doesn’t need soaking (unlike most beans or peas).
And the spinach dal is very easy to make. 30 minutes of boiling the lentils, adding the spinach and fresh coriander (cilantro) and a few spices.
I followed the recipe as closely as I could and served up the Spinach Dal on a bed of basmati.
And it was sloppy. The dal was a lot more runny than I like but it was tasty enough. The spinach and coriander (cilantro) flavours came through and there was nothing really wrong with the dal. Except it was so runny. If I make this dal again, I’ll do the last phase of cooking with the lid off the saucepan to get rid of some of the liquid. But the dal tasted fine and a couple of the regular tasting crew visited the kitchen to see if there were any leftovers (there was a little left in the saucepan – not much but enough to let them feel lucky). The dal was a hit and received a taste score of 8 out of 10 with a spice/heat rating of “Mild”.