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Good Vegetarian Food

Updated on March 17, 2016

Easy vegetarian recipe

Dahl is an Indian vegetarian food dish and is a kind of thick, spicy soup usually served with rice and eaten with chapatis or naan bread which you use as a spoon. Use cooked lentils with spices. You can use your imagination with the spices, but cumin, garam masala, turmeric,coriander, chilli are all good additives.
This is a very tasty and healthy vegetarian food dish, as it's low in fat and high in nutritional value.

You must try my recipe for Savoury Rice as well. It's delicious.


Ingredients

You'll need:

3 tablespoons of lentils

Water, or stock
4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
1 medium onion roughly chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

a sprinkling of mustard seeds.
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric


Method

Rinse the lentils under running water until the water runs clear.

Cover the lentils with water or stock, add the spices and simmer for half an hour or until the lentils become soft. You may need to top up the stock occasionally.
Using the oil, fry chopped onions and garlic until soft, drop in mustard seeds and let them pop. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer.
Now add the onion and tomato mixture to the lentils and cook for another ten minutes.

Scoop up the dahl with naan bread or chapatis and enjoy this gorgeous vegetarian food.

Savoury Rice

Savoury rice is great as an accompaniment to this healthy vegetarian food.

All you will need for this is:

a cup of rice

a small onion

2 or 3 cloves of garlic

about an inch of fresh ginger

salt and pepper.

Frozen peas

First rinse the rice half a dozen times, then allow it to soak in clean water for half an hour. Cover the rice with clean water and bring up to boiling point. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Leave it for 30 minutes before looking in the pan. In the meantime chop up an onion, and fry it in oil. Grate some ginger and garlic and add to the onion. Add some frozen peas, salt and pepper and cook for ten minutes. Now look in the rice pan, the water should have all gone by now. Fluff up the rice with a fork and add the onion, garlic and peas.

Serve with a helping of dahl and you have good vegetarian food.

Now for dessert.

egg fried rice with beetroot

delicious with beetroot
delicious with beetroot

Egg fried rice

You will make too much of both of these, believe me, so the following day take the left over dahl and rice from the fridge, mix them together and heat it in a frying pan. Beat an egg and add it to the dahl.Serve with freshly baked bread. Delicious vegetarian food. Here's a picture of it served with beetroot.


Savoury Rice

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      Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

      We often eat at a local vegetarian Indian restaurant, and I always have the dahl. Thanks for the recipe. I must try this at home!

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      Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

      You're welcome, Amanda.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I just bought garam masala, turmeric and mustards seeds which I miraculously saw the other day in a gourmet shop and immediately grabbed them (they are never available in the conventional grocery stores where I live). Now I was looking for recipes in which to use them and this one here is perfect! Vegetarian AND it includes all of my recently acquired ingredients: excellent! I am writing it down right now and I'll definitely cook it.

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      Derek James 4 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for commenting Claudia. I know you'll enjoy this food.

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