Black lentils vegan dal can easily conquer your taste buds. If you are new to cooking lentils, you can discover a rich variety of lentil recipes to satisfy your taste buds. Interestingly, lentils are a perfect cooking ingredient to make hearty soups and bake delectable desserts.
One of the unique features of lentils is that they are a powerhouse full of protein and fiber. And with this unique duet of ingredients, it is so much easier to get a sense of satiety and control blood sugar levels.
Did you know that chronic blood sugar spikes can result in insulin resistance and pimples and acne? To get a beautiful skin and control a healthy weight, lentils can be one of your go-to foods every day of the week. Besides, you can create a new easy recipe with the minimum ingredients that is flavorful and filling, too.
When we become aware of the nutrients each food holds inside, it becomes even so much more rewarding to cook with them!
Creative Lentil Recipes For Any Stage of Woman’s Life
Delicious lentil recipes can be so unique, yet full of flavor and aroma. The trick is to add your favorite herbs and spices. In addition, try your hand at a rich collection of aromatic spices from different cuisines. Experiment and find what your taste buds respond to.
I am cooking with lentils regularly. Besides, I have a variety of lentils on hand: beluga or black lentils, green lentils, red and yellow lentils, brown lentils. Each type of lentils is great for this or that recipe. But I experiment with recipes all the time. As the result of my long-time cooking with lentils, I have developed a sense of what goes well with vegetables and other grains and even fruit.
Here are the links for the recipes that will give you an idea how creative and rich the world of lentils can be in your own home meal prep.
Lentil Stews and Soups
Gourmet Lentil Pizza Crusts
Healthy Lentil Desserts
How to Make a Delicious Dal Makhani Meal
What you need to remember is that black lentils are very easy and fast to cook. Within an hour, you can have a family meal ready to welcome with its aroma and unforgettable taste.
Coming form Punjab, India, this black lentil dal is a delicacy that comes with health benefits. Protein, fiber, calcium are just some of the important nutrients every person has to have for normal functioning.
Makhani means “butter” in Indian. So, you are here for a real treat to dive into one of the unique recipes ever.
Blooming Your Spices for the Dal Recipe
This recipe preparation is easy. But first, you are to temper your spices in the butter before you begin cooking the beluga lentils.
Indian cuisine is known for aromatic herbs and spices galore. But a well-kept secret of their taste is in blooming spices, also called tempered spices.
To get the aroma out of the herbs and seeds, you need to bloom them in fat. As the majority of spices are fat-soluble, cooking them in fat first allows the aromatic compounds to reveal themselves, i.e., bloom. The butter in our recipe is the fat base where you are going to put all the spices, one-by-one, in order to receive the complex aromas conducive to such a unique taste.
In fact, only when you are done with the initial step of blooming the spices, you can put the rest of the ingredients into a pan and finish the cooking of the Punjabi Dal Makhani recipe.
Black Lentils Vegan Dal
This super aromatic and full of flavor black lentil dal recipe is bursting with benefits of protein, fiber and calcium.
- 2 Tbsp butter or oil or ghee
- 1 medium onion chopped
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger chopped
- ½ tsp garam masala skip if you do not have it
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 3 garlic cloves chopped
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup fresh chopped or canned tomatoes
- 1 cup black lentils, also known as Beluga lentils
- 4 tsp butter
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
Heat butter or oil. Add onions and saute them for about 3 minutes.
Add cumin seeds to onions. Begin to bloom this spice in butter for another couple of minutes.
Add ginger, garam masala (if you use it), turmeric, coriander, garlic, chili powder and salt to the onions. Continue the blooming process for about 3 minutes to introduce all the aroma complexity into the onion mixture.
Add water to the dal mixture.
Add tomatoes to the water mixture. Stir carefull y to spread all the ingredients evenly within the mixture.
Add Beluga black lentils to the watered dal and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a low simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for 45 minutes.
When you plate Beluga lentil dal into a bowl, add a teaspoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. Stir with a spoon. Enjoy this incredibly aromatic Indian recipe in the comfort of your home.