Meatless Monday. Or any day? I cooked this on Thursday.
I bought Madhur Jaffrey’s book “Indian Cookery” after my first excursion into Indian cooking.
Madhur introduces this dal recipe well. She writes “Of all the dals, this one has the ‘meatiest’ taste”.
Which should go down well in any omnivore household; vegetarian, I’m not so sure. But she is right. It has body and is so full of flavour. I would even say it goes beyond meat. I love love love dal!
The beetroot was simply baked, then dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar with a pinch of cumin.
There’s a recipe for kale in Jaffrey’s book too.
In hot olive oil (or mustard oil if you have it), stir in 2 dried red chillies, 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 2 fresh green chillies. Stir in a bunch of kale. Add 300mls of chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the kale is tender. Remove the cover and turn up the heat to reduce the liquid. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
I served it with a few spoons of labne with crushed garlic and a smidgeon of salt. Because I ate the chillies too. Hot!
Cheers to India for your beautiful dishes. Here’s to many, many more!