"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet"
Albert Einstein

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Pumpkin and Lentil Dahl

A really yummy lentil dahl from an Indian chef I work with
2 cups red lentils

About a double handful peeled, diced pumpkin
1 onion, diced small prefer brown

6 cloves roasted garlic
2 tablespoons oil
1 red chilli
1 tsp garam masala (spice)
2 tsp cumin seeds roasted and ground
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp grated fresh turmeric if available if dried don’t burn it
2 tsp  grated fresh ginger
3 cups water


In a decent medium pot or high sided pan gently heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic, chilli, turmeric and ginger
Add the spices and stir around, put in the red lentils and pour in the water so the lentils are covered, add in the pumpkin and cook for 25 minutes on a low temperature. If the water starts to absorb the lentils add a little more and lastly add the coconut milk and stir around tasting and adding a little sea salt if needed.


Renee :) said...

I think that what you are doing is fantastic - having a chef see veganism in a positive light is a huge boost for the community. If I'm ever in Blenheim, I will certainly be seeking out your restaurant!

Good luck with your challenge, and who knows, perhaps you won't want to stop after a month... :)

Paula said...

Kia ora Ben, great recipe, I shared it on my tumblr a couple of days ago, gotta love a good dhal. Like you, I thought a vegan diet would be all sacrifice and no fun, but I've found so many helpful resources on the net. Now I think of meatless eating as an inventive challenge, that you have to Macgyver up recipes to make them work, and that's really cool. Anyway, here's a couple of blogs that you might like:


Ben James said...

Hi Paula, many thanks for the feedback and the links to those great sites. It has been such a thrill to receive all this positive feedback, kind wishes and advice that i have had. I to enjoy the inventive side of things and are having alot of fun with food infact for the first time in my life i actually enjoyed going food shopping!