Monday, March 24, 2014

Vegan Dal and Channa Dal Curry with Spinach and Cashews

Magically delicious with a touch of fire.  Who doesn't love a great homemade Indian dish?  Quick, lets have some food for thought and feed that brain!  Dal is a Hindi word that basically means lentils.  Chana dal is a chickpea or split chick pea.

Combining both the yellow lentils and chickpeas is not only tasty but you also get twice the amount of protein!  The addition of spinach was my favorite part!  The texture of the spinach after combined with the curry sauce is so creamy it melts in my mouth.

Dal and Channa Dal Curry with Spinach and Cashews

1 c dal or yellow lentils
1 c water or vegetable broth
1 can chickpeas
1 c fresh packed spinach
1 c raw cashews

for the sauce:
2 c chopped tomatoes
1 c chopped yellow onion
1 jalapeno seeded
2 tbsp chopped ginger
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp garam masala or curry powder plus more to taste


Bring water or broth to a boil and add in dal.  Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook for roughly 20 minutes or until liquid is disolved.

In the meantime, prepare the curry sauce.  In a blender, blend the ingredients of the sauce.  Add more seasoning to taste.  Transfer to sauce pan and turn to medium heat.  Add in 1/2 c - 1 c water, depending on how you would like the consistency.  Add in chickpeas and cashews, and stir.  Turn to low, cover and simmer.  When dal is done, stir into the mixture.  Finally, add in spinach and cook just until spinach is wilted.

Serve with rice or naan.

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