Kale & Lentil Dal

This warming-to-the-core lentil dish is perfect for today: our first day of snow!  Granted, it was just flurries, but we had snow!!

Today was also my first day of Meghan Telpner’s 5 Days Low Glycemic Eating Challenge.  I had to get creative at lunch out, and so had egg salad on a bed of greens – or as I call it “egg salad salad”.  And for a snack: an apple with cashew/hazelnut butter.  So I thought cooking a nice dinner with a veggie protein and some greens would be a great way to end the day.

The kale is prepared my favourite way: quickly warmed with onion and chili, so that it doesn’t lose its bright green colour or fresh texture.  You can prepare all greens in this quick and easy manner – kale, chard, spinach – and it makes a great side dish and a fabulous way to get your greens in.  I think it’s a great topping for a simple lentil dal.

Best Kale Ever

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried chili flakes
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • pinch of salt

Over medium-low heat, sweat the onions in the olive oil until translucent.  Add the chili flakes and kale, mix and heat until the kale is just warmed through.

Serve as a side-dish, or as part of Kale & Lentil Dal, below.


Kale & Lentil Dal

This recipe is adapted from a Spinach Dal recipe from my dear friend Pemma and her mum, Pria.  From the two of them I have learned to cook many of my favourite Indian recipes, received many gorgeous cookbooks, and am always inspired in their kitchen.

  • 2 c. red lentils, washed and picked over to remove stones
  • 6 c. water
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 10 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 dried red chilis
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 serving Best Kale Ever (see recipe above)

Place lentils in a large pot with water and turmeric.   Over high heat, bring to a boil, keeping a wooden spoon in the dal so as not to overboil.  Once the water has come to a boil, add the garlic, cumin, and chilis.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook for about ten minutes.

Once the lentils are cooked, add salt.  Serve in a bowl (great over brown rice), and top with Best Kale Ever.

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Categories: Gluten-Free, Main Course, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian


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15 Comments on “Kale & Lentil Dal”

  1. December 8, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    holy garlic on that dahl! Must have smelled amazing!

    • December 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

      I hope people think I still smell amazing now that I’m garlic-infused!!



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