Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth
When we first moved to Florida, we weathered through big hurricanes like Charley, Andrew, Wilma, Jeanne…I can’t even remember all of their names! At the start of every hurricane season, (right now) I take inventory proceed to stockpile on food, water, cash, batteries and gas for the generator. As a foodie, I mentally prepare a list of “gourmet” recipes that I can prepare if and when disaster strikes. I know, it’s stupid and silly, but we’ve been through 3 days without electricity (Hurricane Charley) and it’s not fun. Might as well make the best of the situation and eat well.
It’s been about 8 years since we’ve experienced a big one – I keep saying that, “we’re long overdue.” But each of the 8 years past, each time the season passes without a hurricane, we have to deal with the glut of canned foods and dry goods in the pantry.
This one is a perfect recipe that I’ll keep in the “storm gourmet” file – nearly every ingredient is found in the pantry or will keep well (garlic and onion). It’s an Indian dish from the cookbook, Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook by Dahlia Abraham-Klein. The Silk Road is a network of trade routes spanning between China, Tibet, Persian Empire and Mediterranean countries. Silk and spices were the most popular trading commodities.
Silk Road Vegetarian cookbook will take you on a journey along that route, highlighting Dahlia’s family stories (she traces her family’s roots back to the Babylonian Exile of the Jewish people in sixth century BCE), and food traditions in Central Asia.
A quote from Dr. Jean M. Layton sums the book up best, “Imagine a vegetarian and gluten-free excursion along the Silk Road that is drdolent with spices and scented with roses, oranges, and herbs. Silk Road Vegetarian will bring you along on a journey through Asia, Africa, Europe and India – with a bit of Latin influence as well.”
A sample of recipes from the book: Lentil Tomato Soup Mushroom Wild Rice Persian Green Frittata Afghan Cauliflowre Curry Bukharian Tomato Salad Hamentashen Cookies Indian Spiced Coconut Cardamom Tapioca Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup and…Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth.
I’ve modified Dahlia’s original recipe to use canned chickpeas (garbanzo) instead of dried to cut down on the soaking/cooking time. Dahlia approved of my using a Garam Masala spice blend instead of the separate 11 spices in the original recipe (see very end of post for the list of the spices in original recipe). Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth and Basmati Rice ‘s a wonderfully fragrant, 15 minute, “storm gourmet” recipe that you’ll love. The dal is nutty, creamy, and beautifully spiced. Pair with basmati rice.
Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth Recipe Video
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Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth and Basmati Rice Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
*The original recipe from the Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook includes these spices (use in place of garam masala) 1 teaspoon of each: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ground cardamom, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, paprika, ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon of each: chili powder, grated nutmeg 1 thread saffron Instead of sauteing the spice blend for only 30 seconds, Dahlia recommends letting all of the spices simmer for 10 minutes (along with the onion and garlic).
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