Mmmmmm Dhal! Dhal has become one of my favourite Indian dishes to make. It’s basically a term for dried, split pulses (that is, lentils, peas, and beans). My absolute favourite at the moment is red lentils. Simply because they are so quick and easy to cook…plus taste delicious! It’s no secret I love Indian food, and with the weather in Cyprus acting up lately I always like to eat a curry to prevent any colds. The warming spices and creamy texture of the dhal is exactly what you need on a rainy evening.
This dish is also freezable, so making a batch and freezing half is a great way to ensure you’re still eating healthy on those days where your baby has become an extension of you and you just can’t put her down without her screaming bloody murder….oh is that just me? Well, you get the drift.
Let’s talk health benefits…
A 1/2-cup serving of cooked lentils contains 9 grams of protein, 0.4 gram of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrate, including 8 grams of fiber. Lentils provide 32 percent of the daily value for fiber, which helps you feel full and lowers your risk for heart disease, and only trace amounts of fat. One cup of cooked lentils also gives you 6.59 milligrams of iron.
Spices contain an impressive list of chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. They have been in use since ancient times for their anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore a curry is the best meal for when you’re feeling a little under the weather.
Hope you give this a try and enjoy a Plant-Based Life!