A comfort food that feeds the soul. It’s warming, full of flavour and sooo good for you!
An easy vegan red lentil dahl with a crispy spicy onion topping (say that five times fast) to help you feel warm and stay sexy!
Yes, sexy! Lentils aren’t sexy but they do have some sexy benefits. You can read all about them in the health warning notes. But first let’s talk about me (laughs) and how incredibly easy this dish is to make.
As much as I have adapted and changed this lentil dahl over the years, it has always been my go-to comfort food. This morning as I was taking out the garbage, I noticed that everything was covered in frost. Yes, FROST! I love the look of frost and the idea of frost as a reminder that the holidays are right around the corner, but I definitly don’t like the feel of frost. Brrr… I miss summer! So today I will be pulling out the scarves, boots, gloves, and feeding my belly this warming red lentil dahl.
Like I said, this dish is so easy to make. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes to prepare and while you’re waiting for it to cook you can either put your feet up or go crazy rummaging and rearranging your cupboards like me. Either way you are free to do what you please. After the pot of wholesome goodness is ready you can serve it with rice, flatbread, or just top it with my spicy crispy onion and cilantro mixture. Or all of the above. All options taste great, so lets dig in!
Health Warning! This Lentil Dahl is…
Anti-inflammatory (turmeric, ginger, onions)
Immune boosting (full of nutrients)
A blood sugar stabilizer (lentils are a low-glycemic food and high in fiber)
A collagen building protein (lysine stimulates production of new collagen cells)
Anti-aging (high in protein, low-glycemic, keeping skin looking beautiful)
A booby protector (contains B vitamins – B6 helps reduce women’s risk of developing breast cancer)
Red lentils are a sexy power food, and for good reason. In addition to being rich in protein and lysine, and loaded with fiber, they contain more B vitamins than any other plant, and also contain vitamin B6, which is important for the health of our boobies. And we need to take care of our boobies, right?
When it comes to maintaining beautiful skin and keeping weight off, lentils are your best friend. They are very low-glycemic, meaning they don’t cause a rapid rise in blood sugar when eaten, which keeps your skin from sagging and looking dull. And let’s not forget about the anti-inflammatory action from the turmeric, onions, and garlic. Have aches and pains? Then up your intake of these foods!
This hearty Lentil Dahl has impressive amounts of nutrients, protein and iron, making them ideal for vegetarians and vegans, or if you just want to have a meatless meal. Yay for meatless Mondays!! Just remember to serve it with tomatoes or red bell pepper. The vitamin C in these vegetables work synergistically with the iron from the lentils to help your body to absorb and build iron better.
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno or red chili pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 cup red lentils
- 3 3/4 cup broth or water
- 10 garlic cloves, roasted (stove top method. See notes)
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
- pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Melt the butter or oil in a pan and cook the onion, chillies and ginger for 5 minutes, or until golden. Add tiny amounts of water to the pot if onions start to stick.
Stir in the lentils and broth, then bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cover pot and let simmer for 25 minutes.
While lentils are cooking quickly fry chopped garlic in a little oil until soft, about 2 minutes.
After 25 minutes stir in the tomatoes, garlic and spices. Let simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan. Add the shallots and fry them over medium heat, stirring them occasionally, until soft and browned.
Add the garlic and spices. Cook for 2 more minutes.
When everything has finished cooking, add chopped cilantro.
*Nutrition facts include spicy topping but not any other toppings.
* Even better the next day.
Serving size: 1
Calories 333 / Fat 10.7g / Carbs 42.6g / Protein 20g / Fiber 7.7g / Sodium 658mg / Sugars 4.7g
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #BLUMENUTRITION.
I’d love to see what you cook!