8-Minute Pantry Dal: Two Ways

8-Minute Pantry Dal: Two Ways

I know, I know, just what you’re craving in the middle of summer…a dish that brings the heat! Did I nail it on the head or what? Well, maybe you can entertain this as an idea for a rainy, cool-ish summer evening. We enjoyed it on a night like that just recently! We’ve had a lot of rain and clouds around these parts.

I’ve been trying to come up with the fastest of fast dinner recipes, since cooking with two kids underfoot is getting more and more challenging. If it takes me more than 10 minutes of prep during the witching hour, it’s usually not happening. (I don’t know, maybe I should try batch cooking and freezing meals on the weekends, but I haven’t yet come up with a plan for that.) Admittedly, I’ve also been feeling a bit defeated in the cooking department because Adriana is going through an “I’m not hungry” phase (after going through a really good eating phase in the spring that, in retrospect, could’ve been a growth spurt!). Most of the things we offer her get a few nibbles taken out of them. Or she just exclaims, “POPSICLE, PLEASE!” facepalm So, my mood lately has been basically PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME COOK ANOTHER REJECTED MEAL. The silver lining is that Arlo will eat anything that isn’t nailed down (for now!), as will Eric (lol), so my cooking confidence isn’t totally shattered. I’m like, “SEE, NORMAL PEOPLE LOVE MY FOOD!” (I may be losing it.)

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping tablespoon (20 mL) virgin coconut oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon (20 mL) virgin coconut oil
  • 4 cups peeled (if necessary) and diced veggies*
  • 4 cups peeled (if necessary) and diced veggies*
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) uncooked red lentils
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) uncooked red lentils
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, plus more if needed
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) minced onion**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) minced onion**
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) good curry powder, or to taste**
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) good curry powder, or to taste**
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Ingredients

  • Cooked basmati rice or grain of choice
  • Cooked basmati rice or grain of choice
  • Fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • Fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh lime juice
Read the whole recipe on Oh She Glows