My Trinidadian mother-in-law is visiting and wanted to share a recipe perfect for vegetarians. Dahl (dal, dhal, daal) is Indian in origin and usually made from dried lentils, peas, or beans. Yellow split peas is the common choice in Trinidad for this savory dish and it's served over rice. Dahl is great for vegetarians because it's main ingredient is a good source of protein. To really maximize the protein, I've chosen to eat it over a bed of quinoa. I'll talk more about this iron and fiber rich, gluten-free grain in a future post.
Now, my mother-in-law gave me the "recipe" verbally and I usually don't follow written ones to the letter anyway. So, I don't have precise measurements for what I used. This will be on the spicy side which is typical of Indian cuisine but leaving the rice or quinoa unseasoned will balance it out and of course for those who like it extra spicy, like myself, you can add more seasoning to taste.
1 cup yellow split peas
2 cups water
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cardamom
2 tbsp. curry
couple pinches sea salt
Put all ingredients in and simmer on low medium heat until reaching a stew like consistency. Stir regularly. Serve over steamed rice or quinoa. This will make enough for about 4 servings.
I served this with sweet potatoes as seen in the pic. I know the potatoes look boring but they weren't. I drizzled some local whipped cinnamon honey over them so, I had the sweet and savory flavors rockin' my world. Please share comments if you try this one. Enjoy!
Note: Sorry my pic isn't really good. I don't have a digital camera. I wouldn't object to a donation. *wink*
So, I've had this liquid creamer in my fridge for months. My cheap coffee maker becoming uncooperative led to an impromptu hiatus from coffee. I've never been a coffee drinker out of necessity so it wasn't a big deal. But, tossing two nearly full bottles of creamer was a big deal. Fast forward to about a month ago when I bought a bunch of Swiss Miss hot chocolate. The Mr. and The Kid have been throwing it back for weeks when I finally decided to have a cup. It was okay but I wanted some whip cream. Not available and not going to the store right now. What else? Ooh, vanilla caramel coffee creamer! It was splendid with a bit of nutmeg. Now, I still want some whip cream so it can just completely rock my world, but this will work. This is a great solution for non-coffee drinkers who are tantalized by the sound of all the delicious flavored coffees of my once favorite overpriced coffee retailer. My next cup will get a healthy splash of Gingerbread creamer. Yum-o!