Spiced dahl, slow cooked

Isn’t Sunday just the perfect day to pop on a meal in the slow cooker, with the beautiful aroma’s wafting through the house all day … It’s also probably my favourite day of the week, to get in the kitchen + cook. I find it so relaxing.

A couple of Sundays ago I made this dahl + I wanted to share with you, how bloody simple it is. It literally cooks itself.

This dish is super wholesome, nourishing + great for the digestive system. The addition of coconut cream gives the dahl a delicious, creamy finish.

I can’t stop at once serve.

 

ingredients

2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 brown onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic finely diced
1 inch ginger grated
1 tbsp turmeric
2 cups red lentils *dried
4 cups water
400g organic diced tomatoes
sea salt
black pepper
pinch curry leaves *6-8
pinch chilli flakes *as much, or as little heat as you like
200g organic coconut cream
fresh baby spinach leaves

steamed basmati
fresh coriander leaves
plain coconut yoghurt

 

Add the cumin, mustard + fennel seeds to a heavy based frypan over a medium heat. Dry roast until fragrant, then add the ghee + brown onion. Sauté until translucent.

Add the garlic + ginger + sauté for a further minute. Stir in the turmeric.

Add the onion + spice mixture to the slow cooker. Add the lentils, water, tomatoes, curry leaves + chilli flakes.

Season with sea salt + pepper.

Place on low + cook for 6 or so hours, or until the lentils are tender.

Stir through the coconut cream + spinach leaves in the last 10-15 mins.

Serve spoonfuls of dahl on top of basmati, scattered with coriander leaves + a dollop of yoghurt.

 


In good health,

Kristy x

Chana masala with cauliflower

Indian cuisine at its finest! A simple vegetarian dish of chickpeas + cauliflower simmered in a thick, creamy, spicy, tomato sauce. The sauce clings to the chickpeas. Each bite is bursting with flavour.

It’s hard to hold back on seconds with this dish!

Adjust the heat by adding more/less cayenne + chilli flakes.

Serve this up with freshly steamed basmati rice + a dollop of coconut yoghurt on top.

ingredients

2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin ground
1 tsp turmeric ground
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch cayenne
sea salt
black pepper
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 brown onion finely diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
1/2 inch grated ginger
1/2 cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
400g organic diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 bay leaf
400g organic cooked chickpeas
1/2 lemon juice
2 heaped tbsp plain coconut yoghurt or, 1/2 cup of coconut cream
chilli flakes
fresh coriander leaves
*extra plain coconut yoghurt

In a small bowl, combine the spices to make the masala spice mix. Set aside.

Gently heat the ghee in a heavy based pan + add the onion. Cook until translucent, then add the garlic + ginger. Sauté for a minute or so.

Add the masala spice mix to the pan + cook until fragrant (around a minute).

Add the cauliflower to coat in the spice mix well. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes + water. Stir well. Add the bay leaf. Simmer for around 15 mins.(add a little extra water if necessary, if the sauce becomes too dry while simmering).

Add the chickpeas + stir well. Cook for a further 10 mins, or until the cauliflower is tender (the chickpeas should also be tender, but still keep their texture).

Taste + season. Squeeze the lemon juice in + add the yoghurt. Stir.

Scatter with chilli flakes + fresh coriander leaves.

With love,

Kristy x

Paneer butter masala with spinach + peas

Well, you have most probably worked out by now – I bloody LOVE Indian food + just hope that I am doing justice when I recreate different dishes! I adore the spices, textures + freshness that Indian food delivers. But mostly, it’s the comfort that a hot bowl of nourishing goodness with rice provides.

This dish is mildly spicy, with a creamy finish.

ingredients

20 raw cashews
1/4 cup hot water
2 cups of diced fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp ghee
1 bay leaf
1 inch fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin ground
sea salt
black pepper
1/3 cup organic coconut cream
200g paneer (cottage cheese) cubed
4 cubes frozen spinach
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tsp garam masala

fresh chopped chilli
coriander

Soak the cashews in the hot water for around 20 minutes – whilst you are preparing the other ingredients.

In a motar + pestle, smash the garlic + ginger until it forms a paste. Set aside.

Blitz the cashews + water in a blender until a smooth paste. Add the tomatoes + continue to blitz until pureed. Set aside.

Melt the ghee in a heavy, deep saucepan + add the bay leaf. Add the ginger/garlic paste + fry for a minute. Add the tomato puree, chilli powder + cook until the oil starts to seep out of the tomato puree.

Add 1/2 cup water + stir well. Add the cumin, a pinch of sea salt and some black pepper. Stir. Bring to the boil + then simmer for 20 mins until the sauce becomes thick.

Stir in the coconut cream, cubed paneer, garam masala, spinach + peas. Cook for a further few minutes.

Sprinkle the garam masala into the pan, stir + then take off the heat.

Garnish with fresh chilli + coriander leaves. Serve with steaming basmati + pappadum.