Vegan Dahl: A Seasonal Comfort Food Recipe
Posted on November 8th, 2017
The change from hot to cold weather has me searching for comfort foods that will provide the feeling of warmth and energy.
As a N.D I'm regularly informing patients about healthy recipes and encouraging them to create a diet around the changing seasons.
One of my favourite spice palettes during the winter season is the warm, aromatic flavours of Indian cuisine - likely because it’s full of warming, sweet spices designed by nature to boost our metabolism, increase circulation and strengthen digestion, all properties that we need to warm our bodies during the colder seasons.
Any warm recipe containing these spices will be a good choice for the upcoming winter.
Dahl is essentially made up of lentils, which are packed with protein, B vitamins, fibre and iron, making this legume a super food, especially for vegetarians/vegans.
Lentils are an amazing source of protein because it contains all but two of the amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Lentils are high in one particular amino acid, lysine, a great remedy for viral infections, handy during cold and flu season.
Top this on a small bed of basmati rice, or enjoy with a few whole grain (non-GMO) crackers.
3 tablespoons coconut oil (or whatever you have)
1 medium yellow onion
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of spinach or chopped kale
1 teaspoon of fine seasalt
1 cup dried red lentils
2 tablespoon tomato paste
4-5 cups water or veg broth
5 plum tomatoes, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
6 whole cloves
4 cardamom pods
2 dried red chilies (seeds removed)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Yours in Health,
Dr. Tanya Lee, N.D
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