Energizing & Spicy Broccoli Dal

Energizing & Spicy Broccoli Dal

Do you ever read over a recipe and you say to yourself, there is no way that this can possibly taste good, but for some reason you just have to try it for yourself?

Ingredients

  • Do you ever read over a recipe and you say to yourself, there is no way that this can possibly taste good, but for some reason you just have to try it for yourself?
  • Yea, story of my life.
  • That is how the Green Monster happened, after all. [If you are curious to read ‘The story of the Green Monster’, see my post here.]
  • Anyways, I did not expect this Broccoli Dal would taste as good as it does. I came across this recipe in my Vegan Yum Yum Cookbook and I thought to myself, ‘How in the world could a broccoli soup taste good?’
  • I guess I still have broccoli issues that stem back to my childhood…
  • So of course, I made the soup. I’m really not afraid of Green things anymore.
  • Well, except Swiss Chard.
  • I’ve tried cooking chard many different ways and I still don’t ever see myself enjoying it. I’m still bitter over how many times we found Swiss Chard in our CSA box over the summer. If you ever find yourself in desperation to use up Swiss Chard that is stinking up your fridge, do not attempt to put Swiss Chard into a Green Monster. That’s all I’m going to say.
  • I still have nightmares of dirty gym socks.
  • Thankfully this soup is nothing like dirty gym socks. I was drawn to this soup because it has awesome cold-busting ingredients 1) Greens, 2) Indian spices. It will also clear your sinuses and flush out your body. Just trust me on this one!
  • Besides that, it tastes incredible.
  • The first time I made it, I followed the recipe to a tee and I loved it. The second time I made it, I had some new ideas and I changed some things around. I actually love it both ways. Today, I will share with you the adapted version…just have a tissue box ready when you eat it!
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  • Energizing & Spicy Broccoli Dal
  • Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum Cookbook.
  • Yield: 4-5 cups.
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup red lentils, uncooked (masoor dal)
  • 2/3 cup sweet onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or other light-tasting oil)
  • 4.5 cups chopped fresh broccoli (shaved stems and florets)
  • 4.5 cups vegetable broth (I used low-sodium)
  • Kosher salt, to taste (I used 1.5 tsp kosher salt, but if you use full sodium broth you might not need much salt at all)
  • 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened/unflavoured (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice + lemon wedges for garnish
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp + 1/4 tsp Garam Masala (I use Arvinda’s brand)
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • Paprika, to garnish
Read the whole recipe on Oh She Glows