Homemade Chana Dhal & Chinese Spinach

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Homemade Chana Dhal & Chinese Spinach
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
We love Indian food. At home, it is very unusual if we don’t have Indian food at least once a week. The aromas, the textures, the spicy flavours of this wonderful culture, delight our guests, as well. But, let's talk about the Dhal. Dahl, which is also often spelled daal, and dal, is essentially a thick South-Asian-inspired lentil stew, which is often prepared with ghee or clarified butter. This recipe uses a little sesame oil for depth and flavour instead of ghee, and to make it vegan as well. There are actually a wide range of dahls made from many different types of lentils and other vegetables called "pulses." Dried and split, they are cooked with various different spices, meats, and vegetables. Options include red and yellow lentils, mung beans, lobiya (black-eyed peas), and chickpeas among others. It's easy to modify a dahl to make it mild or spicy, or to create a full dah-based meal, or a side dish. This simple dahl is one of my favourite go-to recipes as it is easy to prepare with pantry staples, and quick to make in one pot. It can also be doubled or tripled when you have a lot of mouths to feed for a large family gathering or a party. It is also a great to-go leftovers lunch that can be served with naan and tea.
  • • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • • Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • • 1 red tomato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • • 1½ tsps. ground turmeric
  • • 1½ tsps. ground cumin
  • • 1 ½ tsps. Garam Masala
  • • 2 sweet potatoes (about 400g/14oz), cut into even chunks
  • • 250g Chana Dhal
  • • 600ml vegetable stock
  • • 80g of Chinese spinach
  • • 4 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal, to serve
  • • 1 tbsp. ginger, sliced finely, to serve
  • • 1tbsp. green chilli, finely chopped, to serve
  • • ½ small pack of Thai basil, leaves torn, to serve
  • • Cooked rice, as side dish
  • • Sour cream
  1. Heat the oil in a wide-based pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato and chilli, cook for 1 min, then add the spices and cook for 1 more min.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium, add the sweet potato and stir everything together, so the potato is coated in the spice mixture. Tip in the dhal, stock and some seasoning. Bring the liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for 30 mins or until the split chickpeas are tender and the potato is just holding its shape.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then gently stir in the spinach. Once wilted, top it with the spring onions, chilli, ginger and basil to serve.
  4. Serve with rice and sour cream as you like.
  5. Enjoy!!


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Uttarakhand Aloo Ke Gutke

Uttarakhand Aloo Ke Gutke
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Let us learn a very easy potato recipe of Uttarachali dishes. A traditional vegan recipe Aloo Ke Gutke which is simply prepared with mustard oil and spice powder mix. Serve with rice and dal or just simply with roti. It is very easy to make, takes less time to prepare and thus you can pack it for your lunch box also.
  • 3 Potatoes (aloo)
  • 2 teaspoon Mustard oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 Dry red chilli
  • 2 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Coriander leaves (Dhania) , few for garnish (chopped)
  1. To begin making the Uttarakhand Aloo Ke Gutke recipes, firstly boil the potatoes with little salt to begin making Aloo Ke Gutke recipe. Peel the potatoes and then cut in cubes.
  2. Take a small bowl and mix coriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder with 2 teaspoons water.
  3. Heat a frying pan with oil, add cumin seed, asafoetida and red chilli. Let it cook for about 15 seconds.
  4. After 15 seconds, add the mixed masala and salt. After 30 seconds add the potatoes and coat well with the masala. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once it is done, switch off the gas stove and garnsih with coriander leaves.


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In association with Naturanna Organic Foods  https://www.facebook.com/Naturanna-841722299199211/

Recipe type: Dips
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 2
Ingredients used in this recipe are all from Naturanna Organic Foods.
  • 2 Organic Avocado
  • ½ Onion chopped(optional)
  • 2 Tomatoes deseeded
  • 1 Garlic pressed
  • 2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • ¼th teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon roasted Cumin powder
  • ½ cup Cilantro Puree
  • 1 Green Chilly (optional)
  • 1 Jalapeno deseeded
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste.
  1. The initial step to make the perfect guacamole recipe, is to pick the right avocado which can be easily scooped with spoon and can be mashed too.
  2. Take a medium glass bowl, scoop out the flesh of avocado and mash it well. Chop jalapeno and tomatoes.
  3. Add lemon juice, garlic, black pepper, cumin powder, green chilli, salt, cilantro puree, jalapeno and tomatoes.
  4. Mix all the ingredients and add oil. Check the salt seasoning.
  5. Serve with a platter full of Dorrito chips and Guacamole.


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