Chicken and Spinach Dhal

I know I’ve made a variation of this before, but with the addition of chicken and spinach, rather than re-linking to the original recipe I posted, I thought I’d create a new post just for easiness. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Turmeric-1 tbsp
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  • 4 cloves of garlic ( I use more coz I LOVE IT)
  • Garam Masala-2 tbsp
  • a thumb sized piece of grated ginger
  • Chilli powder-1/4-1/2 tsp (your taste)
  • Red Lentils Well Rinsed (30grams per portion, I used 60g for this recipe)
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/3 bag of baby spinach
  • Fresh chopped Coriander-small handful
  • Salt to taste
  • vegetable stock cube

 

Method

  1. Put a chicken breast in the oven and cook on 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until cooked. (my oven is easy-going so it takes FOREVER to cook chicken in mine)
  2. Heat some oil in a pan, Fry the onion, garlic and ginger on a medium heat until golden. Make sure you don’t burn the garlic as it creates a bitter unpleasant taste.
  3. Add all spices and mix in.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and the rinsed lentils and stir in.
  5. Turn heat to low, put a lid on the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes
  6. When chicken is ready, take it out and chop into chunks and add to the curry.
  7. Add a third of a bag of baby spinach along with freshly chopped coriander when ready to serve.

TIP: If you’re not eating this right away, wait to add the spinach and coriander as it will wilt and lose flavour the longer its left in the dhal.

TIP 2: Taste the dhal BEFORE you add in any salt as the vegetable stock will be salted, so you may find you don’t need it.

This made 2 meals for me but you can always double up on the recipe and add more/less chilli to your taste.

With everything I make, I never make it the same way twice as I just like to throw things in. but I like to put my recipes here so I can refer back to them if I’m ever stuck for inspiration. 🙂

 

Healthy Dhal Recipe

Hi Lovelies! Hope you’ve had a fab weekend! Mine has been nice and chilled with minimal movement as I exercised 4 times last week, so my body deserved a bit of a rest. 🙂

Right, I promised I would post this recipe, so here it is!

I made this GORGEOUS dhal the other day, as my mum’s is so tasty, I had to make it for myself!

It is literally the easiest meal you can make and is packed full of flavour!

So here’s the recipe:

  • You will need:
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Turmeric-1 tbsp
  • Garlic- 1tsp ( I use more coz I LOVE IT)
  • Garam Masala-1tbsp
  • Chilli powder-1/4-1/2 tsp (your taste)
  • Red Lentils Well Rinsed (half a bag)
  • Fresh chopped Coriander
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Fry the onions until light brown, then add the tinned tomatoes, and all spices.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add the red lentils,stir, then add a pint of water and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. When lentils are cooked, add another teaspoon of Garam Masala and add your chopped fresh coriander right at the end before serving.

Not many ingredients and really easy to cook, this veggie weekday meal is really easy and full of flavour.

It’s really important to wash the red lentils (no need to soak as some recipes suggest) as it gets rid of all the grittiness that has gone into the bag during factory processing.

Using half a bag should make 3 meals, so a full bag you’d get from the supermarket would probs do 6, or 8 if you eat normal portions (I’m greedy).

Remember to taste the dhal while cooking, so you can add salt to taste and more chilli powder to better suit your palate.

Happy Cooking!

SIMW

xx