Its a SNOW DAY!!! We’ve gotten over two feet of snow in two days, and they are predicting another 2-3 through Friday. I was supposed to teach today, but since the schools are closed (for the third day this week), its a free day! Do I take today as a free, fun day or a free, catch up on work day…?
Imagining a few days trapped in my house with no kabocha (*gasp*), I stocked up on food at the grocery store last night. I got a crap-load of produce. I went a little crazy, but I wanted to make a big old batch of Dal Bhaji for an early Vegan Thursday feast. In Katie’s world, dal is a fancy way of saying “mushy lentils” and bahji is an Indian vegetable curry. So, you could also call this dish “mushy vegetable lentil curry”, I guess, but dal bhaji is much more fun to say (try it…) plus I sound very worldly, don’t I?
I have made a version of this so many times, and I always use different veggies. It’s good with potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, any leafy green, bell peppers… You can serve it in a variety of ways; as a dip, in sandwich form, over salad, with crackers, over rice, in lettuce cups….you get the idea. This recipe gets beaucoup bonus points for only getting one pot dirty and feeding me for a week a couple days. I like to eat it with some chutney for extra flavor and kick.
Dal Bhaji (Makes about 4 servings. 4 BIG Katie-size servings.)
Adapted from here
3/4 cup red lentils
3 cups water
1 cup each: green beans, zucchini, onion, carrot (or 4 cups of whatever veggies you want)
1 cup diced tomatoes
3 cups swiss chard
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 T lemon juice
3 tsp garam masala
salt and pepper, to taste
Bring lentils and water to boil; reduce to simmer. Add in all the veggies (except swiss chard), garlic, and ginger. Return to boil, simmer, covered until vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Using a potato masher, mash all the vegetables until desired consistency. Add turmeric, cayenne, salt, pepper, and swiss chard. Leaving the cover on, steam the swiss chard for about 3 minutes. Mix everything together, add garam masala and lemon juice. Serve hot.