We all love a nice bowl of comfort food after a long week of hard work, and even on the weekends when we are feeling a little tired or down, comfort food brightens our days and gives us that invisible hug that we know we want and need.
We are making today a Dreamy Creamy Dal a nice bowl that not only can be enjoyed warm but easily can be stored and heated many other days.
One of the best things about this soothing dish is that it is quite simple to make, almost no cooking involved. You just need to pick your ingredients and spices, throw them in a nice pan and let them cook, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn or overcook or dries out and check for taste. It’s that simple.
This is one of those dishes that just spells comfort meal in every angle. In southern India, dal is usually served as a soup, which could be placed on top of rice. In southern India, dal is served on rice, so they make it of thicker consistency. Whether you like it thin like South Indians or thicker like a North. You can choose how to make this dish and spice things up by adding serrano chilies to it.
We are going to use red lentils, chopped onions, garlic, red chilies, a can of tomatoes and spinach leaves, dates, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, some oil, and salt. This dish can be served nicely on top of white rice as well as with some crumbled cheese and bread. Enjoy it as a stew, it’s just delicious and soothing.
In a large pan, pour some oil and heat the onions and fresh chili, cook it for a couple of minutes and then add the grounded garlic. Mix well, until fragrant, then add your can of tomatoes, lentils, dates, and spices all together. Keep mixing it well.
After water and salt, and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Cover and reduce the heat. Check for flavor and consistency, add your coconut milk and spinach, stir it continuously and season to check the taste.
Serve this in a nice bowl, top it with white cheese or on top of white rice. Bring some bread and eat it warm. If you have any leftovers you can freeze it and warm it on your next comfort dish craving. It’s just perfect for those rainy and gray days.
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