When It’s Cold Outside: Eat Dhal (With red lentils, sweet potato, cauliflower and spinach)

Dhal with sweet potatoes, cauliflower and spinach

As the leaves start to turn and there’s a chill in the air, it’s time to move onto hearty fare that warms you from the top of your head, down to your toes. Dhal hits the spot!

It’s rich and filling with lots of good stuff like lentils. And so cheap for weekday meals or as part of a weekend banquet.

It last a good 3 or 4 days in the fridge so perfect for reheating after your evening run! Have it with rice or some naan bread, or even as a soup. If reheating, you’ll want to add a tablespoon or so of water as it thickens up as it cools.

Serves 4-5 as a meal

 

Ingredients

 

1 large onion, roughly chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped

2 cm of ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

½ tsp chilli powder

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 medium to large sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 ½ cups of red lentils, rinsed and drained

3 ½ cups of water

½ medium cauliflower, chopped into chunks

3 large handfuls of either washed and drained baby leaf spinach, or normal spinach chopped with large stems removed

Good handful of roughly chopped coriander

 

  • Put a heavy bottomed large pot on a medium heat and add the oil.
  • Let the oil heat a little and then throw in the onions. Stir for a few minutes until almost translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and let cook for a minute or so. Then add the spice mix and stir until the onions are coated.
  • Throw in the sweet potato and stir until coated.
  • Add in the lentils, cauliflower and water.
  • Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to low.
  • Cook for about 20 mins or until the sweet potato is cooked through.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook for another minute or so until wilted.
  • Take off the heat and serve with rice or naan bread or even as a soup, topped with coriander and yogurt.

 

EAT!

 

2 thoughts on “When It’s Cold Outside: Eat Dhal (With red lentils, sweet potato, cauliflower and spinach)

  1. Sounds delicious, it’s definitely time to change over the diet – not so many salads. The trick I guess is not to get too into comfort eating and forget about running! balance in all things …

    1. Thanks and yes, a great point. It’s really tricky getting that balance right, especially as the temperature drops and the days get shorter! Let me know how you get on.

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