Vegan Dal Makhni

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We’ve had a few snags and set backs during Reno-cation week and things are going much slower than expected. We’re not too surprised though because this happens with every single reno project that we do! We’ve been going strong from about 9am until midnight most days this week and we still aren’t done yet.

After spending the entire day yesterday painting the trim and ceiling (oh wow, I almost wrote ‘sealing’, I must be tired!), today we begin painting the COLOUR (Hint: it’s BOLD!). We have been planning this colour since we moved into the house in 2008 and it is so exciting to finally see it coming to fruition!

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We matched the dining room trim colour to the trim in the kitchen so it would flow nicely from one room to another. (The trim doesn’t look very nice in the picture above because it is next to harsh white primer!)

In the background of this photo you can see the kitchen trim + wainscoting. It is the same in the dining room. :)

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I have a feeling it will all come together in the end…

Sort of like this delicious Dal Makhni dish that I made earlier this week, adapted from Vegan Yum Yum.

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First things first, cook the lentils. You can do this ahead of time of course.

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I used ground spices which are never as good as using fresh, but I didn’t have the fresh spices on hand so I used what I had. You can always sub in fresh spices if you prefer (see recipe).

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Sautee the onion for about 5 minutes and then add in the cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, and ground cloves.

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Now add in the garlic and ginger and cook for a few more minutes.

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Stir in the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.

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Meanwhile, make the cashew cream sauce by blending the cashews with water until smooth.

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Stir in the cooked lentils.

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Stir in the cashew cream sauce, reserving a bit for serving.

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Cook for another few minutes and serve with a big hunk of bread!

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The cashew sauce made this dish so creamy and rich…I loved it. It was a delicious meal…I only wish I had doubled the recipe!

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Well, I have some BOLD and FUN colour to paint now and I’m very excited! This is the fun part. wlEmoticon smile2   Vegan Dal Makhni 

After the wall colour is done, we have wainscoting to paint and then install. I’m not sure if we will finish today, but I really hope we can!

Do you have any funny (or disastrous) reno stories to share? Feel free to link to before and after pics if you have some too!

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Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 27, 2011

Mmmm…great recipe Angela! That cashew cream sauce looks SO good. Definitely going to give this a try soon! :-)

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Chelsey (Cookteen) February 27, 2011

looks so good!!!!!! have fun painting!

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Amanda (Eating Up) February 27, 2011

That looks so good! You guys have good reno fuel!

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Sarah @ veggie-kids.blogspot.com/ February 27, 2011

Can’t wait to see this color you speak of!! As for that recipe-I’ve been trying to like lentils since becoming vegan a year ago but haven’t been so successful. This is one that looks so good though that I shall have to try it! I love that it has a bit of cashew cream with it…mmm.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

have you tried the orange/red lentils? They get all fluffy when cooked :)

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Sarah @ veggie-kids.blogspot.com/ February 27, 2011

Okay, you have awakened the lentil dragon inside of me! I’ll definitely give the orange/red lentils a try, as well as use up my bag of black-eyed peas that’s been sitting in my cupboard for too long to make Jessica Porter’s “Black Eyed Pea Croquettes” (from “Hip Chick’s Guide…”)
Thanks!!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 27, 2011

In my family, we eat lentils like they are going out of STYLE. I am making this tonight, anything with lentils, and especially cashew cream, is a winner in my book!:)

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Rebecca February 27, 2011

Looks sooo good! Nice hearty winter meal! Do you need to soak the cashews before you blend them? Any other recipes for a cashew cream, I’m intrigued! Bisous from Paris

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

No the recipe didn’t call for soaking, although you could if you wanted to!

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Pure2raw Twins February 27, 2011

This looks so good!! I love all those flavors and lentils :)
Good luck with the painting!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 27, 2011

My bet is you’re using some red paint today. :)

I can’t get enough Indian food right now. This may have to happen tonight! Do you think there would be any problems using black beluga lentils instead?

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Picky Nicky February 27, 2011

Omygoooshhhhh that looks freaking good :) I love lentils + bread, they just go together so well for some reason!

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 27, 2011

Gah I used up the last of my cashews yesterday, otherwise I would seriously make this TONIGHT! Lentils are the love of my life :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter February 27, 2011

Any renos that involve wallpaper are just absolutely horrible. My mom redid our entire kitchen stripping it of wallpaper and it was the longest project ever.

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Gina February 27, 2011

Cooking amazing meals & renovating!?! Gosh, you’re like super woman!

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Lee February 27, 2011

It does take longer than expected to do home renovations. We recently painted our hallway and foyer and it seriously took a month!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty February 27, 2011

I love lentils and am excited to try this dish with the cashew cream sauce! Good luck on the remainder of your reno!

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Clairerose C February 27, 2011

Holy moly!! That looks delicious! I had a contractor
Do my renos . It was a mess. Hehe… Thank God that’ s over.I’m still trying to get my house
Together.all in all it was a blessing that I could have it
Done. Plus, I have an amazing bathroom;-)cc

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 27, 2011

WOW you guys are putting in a lot of hours! I’m sure the final result will be totally worth it though. Can’t wait to see it! :)

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Julie @ Shining From Within February 27, 2011

I’m SO making this tonight! I have all the ingredients :).
I recently painted my room then realized I hated the color and had to repaint it the next day…
5+ hours one day followed by another 5+ hours repainting over the horrible color = not a good time!
It did turn out great though once it was done.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

agh it’s the worst when you dont like the colour!

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Amber K February 27, 2011

Wow, I never would have thought that making a cashew creme sauce would be so easy!

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kalli February 27, 2011

we are smack in the middle of redoing our kitchen. since we bought a very old house-built in 1924-we come across some major problems all the time. everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much. but we love our home!

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Allison @ Food For Healing February 27, 2011

i plan to do some renos here at our condo, when we have some money.. i dont know how people can afford to do so much at one time.

that dish looks fab.

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Albizia February 27, 2011

For me every event involving moving everything out of a room is a disaster. I can’t stand chaos and right now I am surrounded by boxes and huge bags that make me want to run away. I sympathize with you in this and I really wish there was someone to cook some comforting lentils for me while I’m moving out :) .

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 27, 2011

I’m so impressed by all that you do in your work and your home life–thanks for inspiring us!

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 27, 2011

I’m so impressed by all that you do in your work and your home life–thanks for inspiring us!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

Thanks Elizabeth :)

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Laura H. February 27, 2011

This recipe will definitely get made this week! The kitchen looks like it’s really coming along. :)

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Baking 'n' Books February 27, 2011

I’ve never tried Dal, but it looks thick which is a bonus!

I really just want the bread though :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 27, 2011

Seriously, can you come cook for me?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

I will cook for you and you can come do renos….sound good? haha

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 27, 2011

I think all renovation plans end up taking a lot longer than anyone expects…no matter how much pre-planning is done!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

I agree! It’s that ‘wishful thinking’ I guess.

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 27, 2011

Yum, I love lentils. I’d probably really like this recipe.

I’ve never had the opportunity to Reno, hope to soon, though!

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Nienke at Revel February 27, 2011

Oooooooooo I can’t wait to see what colour you chose! I love following your reno posts :)

P.S. Good thing painting is a good workout too!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

haha umm yea…totally skipping my traditional workouts this weekend!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious February 27, 2011

Looks like the perfect dish to cap off winter with! I am always looking for new ways to incorporate lentils – I love them, but don’t get very creative on my own – thanks for the inspiration!!

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April @ Crazy Fabulous Life February 27, 2011

We’re renovating right now too, and it’s a pain in the rear end. :) A

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Roz February 27, 2011

Oh yum, I love dal. Thanks for the recipe. Hang in there re: renos. It’ll all be soooo worth it!!!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 27, 2011

This recipe looks delicious!!

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Shady February 27, 2011

I’ve been exploring your blog for a while now. But this is my first time commenting.

I think the only kind of reno stories are the nightmare ones. My childhood (as I grew up in a 100 year old house) is full of them. Including the time that we decided to move the shower and discovered that the structural wall when we opened it up had been involved in a fire and was basically just charred wood. Scary!

And I’m so excited to try this recipe. I’ve been making an effort to eat more lentils and I may very well have everything I need to make this baby for dinner tonight. Thanks!

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Sharon February 27, 2011

This looks sooooo good. I have all the ingredients except for cashews. I can’t seem to keep those in the house – I eat them all up before I have the chance to use them. I probably buy about 5 containers before I ever get around to making that delicious vegan mac n cheese.

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Jenna February 27, 2011

This recipe looks amazing! I am going to make it tonight! Last night I made your brushetta, and it was to die for! I also made your detox coconut macaroons, and my mom LOVED them (she wants me to forward her the link to your site) and my boyfriend who HATES coconut gobbled up 3 of them and declared that they were amazingly good. He couldn’t believe he actually liked something with coconut in it! Thanks Angela :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

Glad you all enjoyed them!

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hippierunner February 27, 2011

Funny renovation story- My dad was out of town for the weekend and my mom thought it would be nice to surprise him by making over a few things in the house. (I have no idea why she thought to do this since he is better at stuff like this but it was too late to convince her of otherwise.) So we ended up picking out what we thought was a nice subtle green for our laundry room- it ended up being blinding, neon green like Shrek! Boy was he surprised with how much work he was going to have to do when he came back!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

haha ouch!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 27, 2011

I just bought Vegan Yum Yum! I need to make something out of it, but currently I’m just staring at the beautiful photos!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

the broccoli dal and tomato risotto are both fab!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 27, 2011

As much as I loved building our house from the ground up, there’s something to be said for an older house that you can slowly work on together. I’ve always found older homes to be warmer and more inviting, new houses don’t have that [at first anyways]! So, since our house is new, we don’t have any reno stories. But, I do have a couple pictures of our house being built!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2011

gorgeous! Love your cabinets :)

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food February 27, 2011

My reno-nightmare has to do with our window trim. It was covered in layers of white paint and I had the great idea to strip it back to its natural appearance to match our mantle and our wood floors. We pulled all of the trim off of every window. ALL of it. I started to strip the paint off and it took me an entire day to do ONE piece and all of the paint didn’t even come off! That night, we junked all of the old trim and bought all new. I tried to save money by redoing the old trim, but in this case, the cost of new trim was well worth it!

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