Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dal Soup for A Frigid Winter Night

I'm guilty - this blog has been a bit light on recipes lately. I haven't really been trying out new recipes lately, mostly because of myriad other things going on:

  • I've been working crazy hours at The Job (TM), getting in early and leaving late pretty much every day.

  • My new blog, 6 Figure Blogging Strategies, has been taking up a lot of time... not only with posting, but with coding, setting up ad campaigns, and all of those other "new blog" tasks to minimize my time in the Google sandbox (it's kind of like purgatory for blogs, I hear).

  • We've been gearing up for Aria's birthday, which is today (my baby turned 6 today *sniff*).

So in the interest of stalling, I'm recalling a recipe that I originally posted a couple of years ago... but since I made it again today, I thought it would be a good time to share this with my new readers...

This is a highly inauthentic but quite tasty "dal soup" I make at least a few times every winter. It's a spicy, simple dish that works perfectly for those post-holiday winter nights. Comfort food, in my estimation.

Dal Soup

2 tbsp Earth Balance vegan butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garam masala

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1 cup red lentils

2 tsp lemon juice

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 1/4 cups coconut milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Add Earth Balance butter, garlic, onion, red bell pepper, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, and chili powder to large saucepan. Cook for 30 seconds on medium heat, stirring frequently.

Add tomatoes, lentils, lemon juice, vegetable broth, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with chopped cilantro.

Note: I use roma tomatoes because they are a little heartier than other types of tomatoes, and stand up better to long cooking times. Just a personal preference there - other types work fine, they'll just be a little softer.

If you have the time and inclination to make your own naan or poori, either of these breads make a fantastic accompaniment for dal soup. One of these days, I'll get around to posting a recipe (and maybe even a video demonstration) for making these fantastic Indian breads.

ETA: Happy Birthday Aria!


VeggieGirl said...

Fabulous dal!!

Happy birthday to Aria!!

Ricki said...

What a sweetie she is! Hope the birthday is a great one. :)

I had no idea about your other blog--thanks for the link! (I think I've got some reading to do. . .)

laci said...

Awww... aria has such a pretty hair color! Happy birthday! =)

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