Hi friends!! I’m back!
Back home for good this time. Well, actually that’s not true. My older sister is getting MARRIED this upcoming weekend so I’ll be doing a little traveling for that, but besides that, I’m home and ready to get fancy in the kitchen for lots and lots of weeks on end.
As much as I absolutely LOVE to travel, it always amazes me how good it feels to come back home. Home to your own bed, your own kitchen, your own shower, your own puppy(!!!). That partial-homebody inside me can finally take a big breath and relax.
And boy, you guys, did I miss my kitchen! Eating out is super fun and all, but there comes a point on a trip when you’re just ready for a home-cooked meal. So that’s what were making today— a comforting, healthful homemade daal, that coincidentally makes the best leftovers for your lunches this week!
Have you ever had daal before? For those daal newbies out there, basically it’s this delicious Indian lentil dish that is usually served with basmati rice or naan (or both!)
I’ve had a few different forms of daal in my day— made with a variety of kinds of lentils, but we’re using green lentils today for a nice, hearty texture. Daal can be made with many different spices and flavors, but I used a few of my favorite warming spices to create a rich, flavorful base: specifically turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and chili powder. Ohh and lots of fresh ginger and garlic!
I just love the way this creamy daal mixes with the brown basmati rice and sautéed spinach. It’s nutty and savory and creamy and warming with every bite.
Not to mention how healthy it is! Turmeric itself is a natural anti-inflammatory and has a laundry list of benefits (including lowering risk of heart and brain diseases!). Add in your protein-packed lentils and vitamin-rich spinach and you’ve got yourself a winning dish!
Now, this dish is not the quickest dish known to man, but it sure does make A LOT of food. Therefore, it makes the perfect Sunday afternoon / evening dish— aka lots of leftovers for lunches and dinners thought the busy work-week. Definitely worth that extra time commitment in my book.
Hope you guys enjoy!