Autumn, Winter, Light Meals, Main
The meaning of comfort food is different for different people. What part of you needs comforting effects what you choose to comfort it with? As I recall it was always something sweet for matters of the heart.
Tarka Dhal is food for the soul, it will heal you from the inside out, this is what I eat if I seek comfort from feeling run down and tired. Its full of nutrient rich spices and herbs, and the Lentils are high in fibre, low in fat, help to lower cholesterol, are good for the heart and can be easily digested. Lentils are an excellent way to help maintain healthy gut microbiota and help ward off chronic diseases, their health benefits have been well voiced.
This my recipe for Tarka Dhal, delicious, nutritious, comforting and cheap. Try to keep some back for leftovers.
500g Chana Dal/yellow split peas
Large thumb size piece ginger, peeled chopped into 5 or 6
5 garlic gloves crushed
1-2 mild green chilli de seeded finely chopped
1 tbsp. ground Turmeric
2 tsp salt
Good grind of pepper
4 banana shallots thinly sliced
½ tbsp. mustard seeds
¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves grated
2 medium tomatoes roughly chopped
2 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tsp tomato ketchup/sugar
Salt and pepper
Small handful chopped almonds
Large handful roughly chopped coriander
Dairy free yogurt
Red/green mild chilies sliced
1 lime cut into wedges
Quick pink picked onions
1-2 red onions thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
A large pinch of salt
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