R n B Episode 9: Coconut Cauliflower Rice And Lentil Dal (Dhal) (Daal) (Dahl)

Okay, okay, it is a bit cheeky adding this to the rice and bean series as technically, it does not contain either rice or beans! That said, lentils are from the legume family and only a crazy fool would complain about the cauliflower rice thing, so don’t be that person!!! The real question is…. how the hell do you spell the thing? I have always spelled it “Dhal” but after a bit of research, the Indian way is “Dal” with the possible addition of “Daal”. This has Westerners ruining things again, written all over it! I’m going with “dal” because wikipedia told me too and as we all know, that has never been wrong….

This dal is really filling, incredibly healthy and super easy meal to make on a weeknight. It is packed full of flavour and served with a side veg of your choice, nutritionally speaking, is more than a complete meal.

Adjust the chilli to your own level of pain. I have a teaspoon here, which is full on, if you can’t take the heat too much, lower to half a teaspoon. Or if you are truly tough, up it as you please…

One final tip – make a note of how many pieces of ginger you put into the dal. You will be removing them later and it is good to know that you have got everything out. You do not want to be biting into a large chunk of ginger…

Enjoy!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Lentil Dal:
  • 1 1/2 cups split red lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Thumb sized piece ginger, peeled and cut into thick strips
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves ginger, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • small batch coriander, chopped
  • ½ lemon juiced
For the Cauliflower Rice:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces, stalk discarded
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ lemon juiced

Cook it:

  1. Add the rinsed lentils, water, coconut milk, bay leaves, ginger and cinnamon to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring regularly
  2. Put the cauliflower pieces into a food processor and pulse a few times until the cauliflower resembles rice. DO NOT process too much or it will crumble into tiny pieces. Use the pulse function and do it a second at a time until ready. Don’t worry if slightly larger pieces are in there too
  3. Heat a large sauté pan/wok over a low heat, add the oil and onions and fry for about 5 minutes
  4. Add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes
  5. Add the cauliflower and coconut milk, turn the heat to high and fry for 10 minutes, stirring regularly
  6. Season with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice, cover and remove from heat
  7. As the dal is finished, remove the bay leaves and ginger from the dal
  8. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add the oil and the onion and fry for 4 minutes
  9. Add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes
  10. Add all the spices and stir to coat.  Pour then onion mixture into the dal, add the coriander and lemon juice and stir
  11. Check the seasoning
  12. Serve with a side veg (I used broccoli) and a naan bread for each portion
  13. Get it into ya!!

Recommended Tunes:

Modest Mouse “We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank”

I got into Modest Mouse because of the Johnny Marr association (he was a member for a short period and guitarist for this album).

They are a lot more than just Marr’s cronies though, that said, this is my favourite album. So start here and expand from there.

Incredible song crafting, amazing vocalist and musicians and all topped off with great tunes.

I miss albums being made like this.

Listen – but do yourself a favour and buy it on vinyl!!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2lXBCL76UL5PCPbfAqKBkz

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4 thoughts on “R n B Episode 9: Coconut Cauliflower Rice And Lentil Dal (Dhal) (Daal) (Dahl)

  1. I have never tried cauliflower rice before. I just use regular rice (so I guess that must make me one of “those people” 😉 ) but I am willing to give it a go. Cheers for the recipe and the music share. Never heard of Modest Mouse before but again, willing to give them a go. This website is certainly expanding my horizons.

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    1. Thank you. That is the whole point of this site so I am glad I am showing people new things. Cauliflower Rice is a new thing for me too. A pet hate of mine is when vegans say things like “it is EXACTLY like rice” or “use a carrot instead of a hotdog and you won’t notice the difference”. You will definitely noticed the difference. It tastes like a million little pieces of cauliflower, so it definitely needs help….. enter the coconut!

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      1. I think that’s the genius in being vegan, finding a way to make something benign taste spectacular. Tassie is a carrot growing state so the carrots are pretty specky here anyway but I use them now as the bulk fillers for a lot of things. I make vegan sausage rolls with finely grated carrot lightly fried with other fine chopped etc. veggies (onion, garlic etc.) and either add a block of firm tofu (blended) or a can of white beans (also blended) and gluten flour mixed in and you would swear it was good old Aussie sausage rolls. You just have to find a way to replicate similar textures and flavours and you are most of the way there. When Steve decided to become vegan last December, I was freed up to start experimenting as I no longer had to cook two meals a night so I could be more creative and I also hate it when recipes make outlandish claims. It puts people off trying really decent vegan recipes. I hunt out truly decent vegan blogs (like your own) and tend to stick with them as they rarely let me down when it comes to really excellent recipes because I know that the people writing the recipes actually love food and are giving the ingredients the best chance to shine. That’s the real secret to decent vegan cooking. You don’t have to be completely traditional, just turn something out that tastes great. Cheers for sharing this. I have time today to turn that head of cauliflower into “rice” and will give it a try. Cheers, again, for the solid share 🙂

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  2. Those veggie sausage rolls sound amazing. How much easier is it when your partner goes vegan? Mine was veggie for a long time before me and then I went vegan and it was always difficult trying to get her to try vegan cheese when she would happily eat normal cheese. We haven’t looked back though and always get excited when a new product lands or a new cafe opens. Thanks for your kind words about my blog. 🙂

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