Coconut Dahl (workshop)
Dahl is a South Asian lentil stew with lots of flavour. In this version, the peaches add some delicious sweetness while the raw spinach gives a fresh bite. If you’re not a fan of warm fruit, you could also replace the peaches with tomato.
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Red lentils (dried)
4 TBL sp
6 tea sp
2 tea sp
Red curry paste
Add the spinach leaves in the curry if you prefer them cooked over fresh.
- Cut onion in rings
- Mince garlic
- Cut ginger finely
- Cut peaches in cubes
Make it a dinner party
For 16 pieces mix 800 g self-raising flour with 500 g (soy) yogurt and knead to a dough. If it's still sticky add a little extra flour.
Roll the dough to flat pieces with a thickness of 0,5 cm.
Mix 16 TBL sp olive oil with 4 minced garlic cloves.
Heat the frying pan as much as possible and bake the dough 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Add oil on top and turn to bake the other side.
Sauté onion, garlic, ginger, sambal and red curry paste
medium/high heat ~3 min
Sauteing spices before adding liquid allows the flavours to develop. Saute for about 1 minute, until you can smell the spices. Doing it for too long will burn the spices.
wait until it cooks again, stir well so the curry paste dissolves ~2 min
Add coconut milk, lentils and sugar
simmer ~15 min, season with salt and pepper
A sustainable diet includes lots of legumes like beans, peas, and lentils. Dry legumes become especially tasty because they can take up flavours while cooking. The downside is that it takes a while, but that’s different for red lentils: they only take 15 minutes!
Bake naan bread in the grill
~2 min each side until golden brown
Add lime juice and peaches
simmer until warm ~5 min
Adding something sour - vinegar, lime or lemon juice - to a meal usually improves all flavours. It’s like adding salt. It’s especially effective for meals containing fat, in this case the coconut milk.
The key is adding it towards the end. If you add it at the beginning, the extra flavour will be cooked away.
Food comes in five flavours: salty/umami, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy. Often the key to a delicious meal is adding as many of them as possible. This creates a nice balance and more interesting flavours. That’s why fruits, with their sweetness, can make a dish more delicious.
Serve dahl with fresh spinach and bread on the side
The naan bread recipe is inspired by Uit Pauline's keuken Naanbrood van 2 ingrediënten.