Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I needed a quick, light dinner tonight--got stuck in traffic on the way home and didn't feel like standing around in the kitchen half the night. So I remembered that red lentils cook up super quick. From start to finish this took me less than half an hour (no, I'm not a fan of Rachael Ray).

1/4 Vidalia onion, chopped
A heavy pinch of garlic powder (or a clove or two of fresh garlic, which would have been my preference)
1 cup red lentils
Water, to cover
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Kosher salt
Cayenne pepper (I used several good dashes)

Just sauté the onion with some garlic powder in a little bit of water, until tender and fragrant. Add the lentils and enough water to cover, then add spices/seasonings to taste. Let boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender. Watch the water level, and adjust the flavors as necessary. This was not too spicy--just tingled the throat going down--and the ginger made it seem almost sweet even though it wasn't. My Indian spice mix is at home, which I would use for dal, but this had a similar flavor and was very satisfying nonetheless.

For dessert, I blended a frozen banana with a splash of soymilk and some cinnamon and nutmeg, for a very cool, ice cream-reminiscent treat. Sometime in the past month or so, I got this idea from someone else's blog, though for the life of me I cannot remember where. But I'm very grateful for it--it's so easy, and it satisfies my frozen dessert craving just like ice cream always has. So if this banana dessert was your creation, please step into the limelight--I want to give credit where it's deserved!

Update: So here's the source of my banana dessert, straight from fatfreevegan.com! I should have guessed that I got it from there!Posted by Picasa


KleoPatra said...

Laura, this looks luscious! And the banana dessert sounds great too... i hope you find its "author."

Keep up the good work!

Vicki said...

your dal-dish sounds de-lish! i really like cayenne pepper. and i second kleo on the banana dessert! :o)

Urban Vegan said...

I love dal. Ate it every day in Nepal and never got sick of it.

Aarwenn said...

This looks so freakin' yummy. SO yummy! Yum! I'm cooking it as soon as I can! In other news, hi, I'm honored that you dropped by! I will add you as soon as I can. And do you know of any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Norfolk? :) Just a natural foods store will do!

vegancookiemonster said...

It's funny that you mentioned the banana "ice cream." I made this a few days ago myself, and I thought I was awesome for making it up. However, it looks like other people had the same idea! Isn't it wonderful, though? The banana really gives it a non-smoothy consistency, even when you add a little of another fruit to it.