Something different with this recipe — IT HAS AN ACCOMPANYING VIDEO!
I have been asked over and over to make recipe videos, and while I can’t commit to turning every recipe into a video, I will be making more of them. Please, please, let me know what you think, what you’d like changed and improved so I can know where to go with these!
You will need:
GF & Vegan
- 1-2 sweet potatoes (depending on size, one large or two medium)
- 3/4 cup yellow lentils
- 1 onion, diced (sometimes I add two)
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- 2-3 tomatoes, chopped (or 3/4 of a can)
- 1 chilli (or 1 tsp chilli powder/flakes)
- Two handfuls of spinach
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
Note: If you live in a place where yellow lentils are hard to find, substitute with red split peas
For the spices:
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 heaped tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp chilli powder (if you didn’t add the fresh chilli)
- Salt to taste
Fry off your onions in a little olive oil until they’re translucent, then add your spices and cook them off a bit. Then add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add a little more oil if it’s necessary, I like to start off with as little as possible and gently add rather than have too much.
Then add your tomatoes and cook those off for up to five minutes before adding your lentils. Coat them in all the lovely juices and flavours we’ve been cooking off, and after about two minutes add about a litre of water, then gently add more if it feels necessary.
Let the lentils cook for ten minutes with the lid on before moving onto the next stage.
Add your stock cube, tomato paste, and stir. Then add your sweet potatoes and put the lid back on, and let it cook for 15 minutes, or until a fork goes through. You want them firm, not too soft, because they will end up break up too much otherwise.
Take your daal off the heat, and chuck in your spinach. I tend to tear mine right before I put it in, and I let the residual heat just wilt it down.
Then serve up, and enjoy! This makes about three portions for me if I’m not having it with rice or bread, but about five if I serve it up with rice.
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys seeing things cooked in front of you, give the video a watch:
As always, bilafiya (well wishes and wellbeing)