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Friday, 24 April 2015

Coconut, Spinach and Red Lentil Dahl

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Yeast-free
A Healthy, Protein Packed Creamy Coconut, Spinach and Red Lentil Dahl Served Boiled Rice & Freshly Picked Coriander Leaves!

Recently i have been craving hearty, warming food and what came to mind....COCONUT! 
I have never made a Dahl until my Mum said 'why not make a Dahl' i did *thanks Mum* haha
I combined all of my favourites, Coconut with Red Lentil and Spinach! Its a real Protein Kick! Just what I've been needing. This is such a quick recipe and i would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a bit of Creamy Coconut, Soft Lentils with Indian spices! Its super yummy! 

-1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
-1 Medium sized White Onion (Chopped)
-2 Garlic Cloves or 1 Large Garlic Clove (Minced)
-1/2 a Tablespoon of Fresh Ginger (Minced)
-2 Teaspoons of Curry Powder (I used Mild)
-1 Teaspoon of Turmeric
-1/2 a Teaspoon of Mild Chilli Powder
-1/2 a Teaspoon of Black Pepper
-1/2 a Teaspoon of Chilli Flakes
-280grams of Red Lentil (Dried)
-300ml of Coconut Milk from a Can
-600ml of Filtered Water
-A good Handful of Roughly Chopped Spinach
-Pinch of Rock Salt
-Fresh Coriander leaves for Dressing
-Golden Linseed or Chia Seeds for Dressing (and to add extra Protein & Crunch) 

Lets get cooking....

Step 1- In a Large Wok, Put the Coconut oil on the Heat.

Step 2- When the Oil has turned to Liquid and is Hot, add the Chopped Onions, Minced Garlic and Ginger. Leave on the heat, stirring Occasionally for 3-5 minutes.

Step 3- Sprinkle in all of the Spices and mix in. Then add the Lentils, Water and Coconut Milk. Stir then Cover with a Lid, turn up the Heat and bring to the Boil. Let it Boil for 10 minutes. 
After 10 minutes, turn the Heat down and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the Lentils are nice & Soft. Keep Stirring the Mix to stop it sticking. Add extra Water if needed.

Step 4- Scatter the Spinach all over the Mixture and mix in until equally distributed. Cook for a further few minutes.

Pour into your Favourite Bowl or Serving Dish for Sharing or Spoon onto your Plate for a lovely wholesome meal!
This meal is very filling, but i did have seconds ( thats how good it is) :P

If your wanting a whole meal, i would suggest serving up with some Wholegrain or White Boiled Rice! Goes down a treat with the Family. Even throw in a Vegan Naan bread or Pitta. yum yum

I would have sprinkled Chia seeds all over the top, but i unfortunately have ran out and need to purchase some more! But i did have some Golden Linseed sitting on my Shelf so i substituted! It was very tasty! Very good cooking *Pats self on the Back* :P

If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on, 
I hope you liked this recipe!
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Holly x

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