Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dill with Dal - Lentils - protein and flavorful complete meal

Dill is usually thought of as an herb you may have on some potato chips, but it is more than that. This aromatic option that was recently found in our Organic Bountiful Basket has plenty of options outside of pickles and salads.

According to WHFoods.com, "Dill's unique health benefits come from two types of healing components: monoterpenes, including carvone, limonene, and anethofuran; and flavonoids, including kaempferol and vicenin." There are claims that it helps protect against cancer as well as assisting against bone loss.

<< Did you know Dill is a decent source of calcium? >>

Dil Dal Fry Recipe - Easy Indian food vegetarian easy recipe

High quality oil for frying
3-4 cloves garlic
1 stock of dill, with leaves
1 tsp Ground Turmeric
1 tsp Chili Powder Blend
2 cups lentils (toor or Masoor Daldal or other small, quick cooking dal)

dill frying with garlicDice the dill - keep the stocks in one pile and leaves in another.

In a pot, heat your oil. Once hot, add in crushed garlic. Stir well. Add in the diced dill stock. While this is frying down, in a separate pot start your lentils. You may also steam or pressure cook lentils.

Rinse the lentils well under running water, I like to use a sieve. To two cups lentils, add 4 cups water. Salt the water if desired. Bring to a boil and keep covered. Stir to ensure the lentils do not stick.

When the lentils are soft, add them into your garlic and dill stem mixture. 
Stir well to combine the garlic into the lentils. Add two cups of water and stir well.Sprinkle salt, chili powder and turmeric. 

Add in the dill stems, and stir well. Bring to a slight simmer. Taste and salt if necessary.

Serve with Indian bread :) Shown with Solapouri peanut chutney. Yum!

Lentils can make your 4 year old happy too!


  1. I love both dill and dahl, but have never thought to combine the two. I am curious now...must try this!

  2. This looks great! Not only does my family of 7 love lentils, we love Indian food. We love to eat it with naan.

    Jenna Em

  3. My hubby and I really enjoy Indian food, we are working on the kiddos :).

  4. Sounds Delicious & Its Good For You!


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