Bengali 5 Spice

By Karimah bint Dawoud.

You know sometimes you get fed up with the same ole, same ole, even though it’s nice, well that’s how I feel about dhaal, red lentils.

When we do our FEED THE NEED, Feeding The Homeless In Central London, one of our sistars cooks an  amazing dhall and spinach curry.

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If I remember rightly it’s seasoned with onion and garlic, turmeric/haldi, chilli and cinnamon, its lovely. However there comes a point where you are fed up of this spice combination which seems to be, with all respect due, an everyday combination.

Still on my NO MEAT FOR 365, I have been revisiting recipes from my Rasta days and trying on new things.

Today was no different,I had a friend coming over to help me cook , taste and clear up, herself an avid vegetarian, plastic shoes an all…what could we do with these blooming lentils that was a little bit different? And then I discovered “Bengali2 Spice Mix”.

D.I.Y. it’s not from a packet honey, you have to get this little beauty together on your own. Here we go; good old cumin seeds, fenugreek, fennel, sesame and mustard seeds.

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This is the recipe we used with a bit of tweaking

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/red_lentil_dal/

And this is how it turned out. It’s different and delicious; I would highly recommend giving this a try.

Dhaal and Pancake

For more of my delicious recipes try, 

Heavenly Bites: The Best of Muslim Home Cooking

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavenly-Bites-Best-Muslim-Cooking/dp/1847740316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355826785&sr=8-1

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