Kel (ladyjoust) wrote,

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A few months past, I bookmarked a recipe for spinach dahl. Looked pretty good, and I liked all of the ingredients, so hey! Win!

Only... not so much. I made it tonight. It was fine, really...

... but it was a bit bland.

Thing is, when I'm making a new recipe I usually follow it the first time and then adjust and adapt and have fun with it the next. But I'm not remotely knowledgeable about Indian cooking, so I'm not sure how to fix this. I don't want it hot/spicy, just richer.

Original recipehere. I've made adjustments to the body of the recipe here to reflect my own preparations. It may be worth nothing that I did not make garlic bread; instead, I heated up Trader Joe's garlic nan. ::mmmmmm::

Spinach Dahl

1 tbs olive oil
1 onion, halved, finely chopped
8 small red bliss potatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 cups water
1 tbs tomato paste
1 can brown lentils, rinsed, drained
1 bag baby spinach leaves

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and potato and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the cumin and coriander and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.

Add the water and tomato paste and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until liquid reduces by half.

Add the lentils to the potato mixture and cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Add spinach and stir until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

So what do I do? Cut down on the cumin and add garam masala, maybe? Or is that too hot? bah. Help!
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