8-Minute Pantry Dal: Two Ways

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I know, I know, just what you’re craving in the middle of summer…a dish that brings the heat! Did I nail it on the head or what? Well, maybe you can entertain this as an idea for a rainy, cool-ish summer evening. We enjoyed it on a night like that just recently! We’ve had a lot of rain and clouds around these parts.

I’ve been trying to come up with the fastest of fast dinner recipes, since cooking with two kids underfoot is getting more and more challenging. If it takes me more than 10 minutes of prep during the witching hour, it’s usually not happening. (I don’t know, maybe I should try batch cooking and freezing meals on the weekends, but I haven’t yet come up with a plan for that.) Admittedly, I’ve also been feeling a bit defeated in the cooking department because Adriana is going through an “I’m not hungry” phase (after going through a really good eating phase in the spring that, in retrospect, could’ve been a growth spurt!). Most of the things we offer her get a few nibbles taken out of them. Or she just exclaims, “POPSICLE, PLEASE!” *facepalm* So, my mood lately has been basically PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME COOK ANOTHER REJECTED MEAL. The silver lining is that Arlo will eat anything that isn’t nailed down (for now!), as will Eric (lol), so my cooking confidence isn’t totally shattered. I’m like, “SEE, NORMAL PEOPLE LOVE MY FOOD!” (I may be losing it.)

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One day I just started throwing things into a pot and didn’t actually expect this recipe to be a winner, but it turned out to be really tasty, especially after a couple more trials. I love that it’s extremely fast to prep. My goal was 10 minutes prep, and I usually clock in at around 7 or 8 minutes (when I have my cooking game face on!). I also wanted the dish to rely on pantry ingredients, such as dried spices rather than fresh aromatics. Don’t get me wrong, fresh garlic, onion, ginger, chillis, etc. are typically my first choice, but they aren’t always practical for those rushed nights. Another benefit of this recipe is that you can use whatever veggies you have on hand, so it can work for all the seasons. I, Eric, and Arlo are really enjoying it…and I’ve even convinced Adriana to eat a bit (it was a sweet potato version, and I ended up mashing her sweet potatoes into the dal and stirring in the rice).

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8-Minute Pantry Dal

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This satisfying pantry dal is lightning fast and will only set you back around 8 minutes of prep time. While not an authentic dal, I created this version out of a desperate need to come up with more speedy pantry dinner options. You can change it up so many ways by simply varying the veggies you use, and in my tips I've provided an alternative spice option, too—I still can't decide which one I like better! Before you begin, I recommend setting out all the spices on the counter so they’re ready to go when you’re cooking. Also, if you have some on hand, this dish is great with baby spinach stirred in during the last couple minutes of cooking. In the photographed dish, I used 2 cups each of chopped zucchini and broccoli florets, but of course, feel free to use any veggies you prefer.

Yield
4 (with accompaniments)
Prep Time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the dal:
  • 1 heaping tablespoon (20 mL) virgin coconut oil
  • 4 cups peeled (if necessary) and diced veggies*
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) uncooked red lentils
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, plus more if needed
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) minced onion**
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) good curry powder, or to taste***
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Serving suggestions:
  • Cooked basmati rice or grain of choice
  • Fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • Fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, melt the coconut oil over low-medium heat.
  2. Peel (if necessary) and dice the veggies into 1/2-inch pieces. Add them into the pot and stir until combined. Increase heat to medium.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients (lentils, water, diced tomatoes [with juices], coconut milk, all the spices, salt, and pepper). Stir until combined.
  4. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 18 to 30 minutes, until the veggies and lentils are tender; the cook time will depend on the types of veggies you use, and their size. Stir the dal frequently while cooking, and reduce the heat if necessary to prevent it from sticking to the pot. (If you’re using potatoes, I suggest covering the pot while cooking since they don’t contain as much water to “cook off”. You may need to add more water to thin the mixture.)
  5. If desired, serve over rice, and garnish with cilantro and lime (it’s still great without these additions, though!).

Tips:

* You can use any veggies you like here! Whatever is lurking in your kitchen, feel free to try it out. A few ideas for combos include the following: carrot and zucchini, potato and peas, sweet potato and red pepper, broccoli and zucchini, cauliflower and/or broccoli.

 

** Minced (or flaked) onion is less concentrated than onion powder. Onion powder will work as a substitute if that's what you have on hand, but I would suggest starting with a small amount and adding it to taste in ¼-teaspoon increments to avoid it overpowering the dish.

 

*** I use Simply Organic brand of curry powder. If you don’t have a favourite curry powder blend on hand, you can substitute the following: 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or more to taste), and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional). Don’t forget to use the 1 1/2 teaspoons of both garlic powder and minced onion, as well.

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1 Juliette | Namastay Traveling July 21, 2017

It feels like all I have time for these days are 10 minutes or less meals! This will definitely spruce up our weekday menu and luckily most of it I already have. Yum!

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2 Stephanie July 21, 2017

Ugh, I know the struggle of a sudden picky eater and how it makes you defeated and uninterested in cooking! My son started this same phase around 2.5 years old. He turns 4 in the end of October, and it’s only gotten slightly better. I’ve been making smoothies with fruit and veggies and freezing them into popsicles, so when he claims he’s still hungry 2 seconds after dinner and only wants a popsicle, I at least know he’s getting some nutrition.

Hang in there! I’ve learned to just cook for myself again, and figure my son will learn to eat what’s being offered. He seems to be getting better, but we still have nights where he claims he doesn’t want or like anything. This recipe looks delicious and super simple, a win-win! We’ve been getting rainy, cool evenings here too, so I will put this aside for the next one!

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 21, 2017

Hey Stephanie, That’s a GENIUS tip about freezing smoothies into popsicles!!! I’m doing this today! Adriana was really into smoothies, then lately not as much, so I think this is a wonderful idea to try. It sounds like our kiddos went through this phase around the same age (she’ll be 3 at the end of Sept.). I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it out!

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4 Stephanie July 24, 2017

Yes! Again the same, my son also started claiming he doesn’t like smoothies suddenly around 3 years old… Another life saver for us has been these disposable ice pop molds. They have a ziploc closing on the top – I included a link below. I got them to make homemade go-gurt style yogurt, but he also claimed he didn’t like those. So, I blended yogurt with fruit and then froze them, with slightly better results! I’ve also used them for when he is sick, and fill them with vitamin water or similar (perfect for sore throat and fever when they don’t want to eat).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N795KR4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Disclaimer: I still haven’t tried this recipe, but I’ve never met one of your recipes that I don’t like, so I’m sure I’ll love it! I have it on the plan for a quick weeknight dinner this week :)

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5 Annie July 21, 2017

this looks great, can’t wait to try it!! do you think this could be made in an instantpot?

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 21, 2017

Hey Annie, Thanks! I haven’t tried out the instantpot, but I can’t see why not! I’m just unsure about timing and such. Please let us know if you try anything out. :)

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7 Kat July 23, 2017

Hi Annie,
I was thinking the exact same thing!

I found a recipe for split lentils and it calls for 8 minutes, high pressure, natural release. I was thinking I’d start there!

And yes, Angela. Thanks so much for these quick, easy, and pantry-friendly recipes! REALLY appreciated!

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8 Kat July 23, 2017

Hi Angela – Hit “submit” too soon for my above comment. Would prefer to just go by the name everyone calls me: “Kat”

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9 Angela Liddon July 24, 2017

Hey Kat, Thanks for your lovely comment! And no worries on the name–just changed it for you. :)

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10 Heather July 21, 2017

I am all for the quick dinners these days because I usually have a toddler hanging on to my legs crying while I’m trying to make it….and then he doesn’t want to eat it haha. I’m looking for more plant-based recipes too so this is perfect!

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11 Nicole July 21, 2017

Hey! This looks delicious. Would canned lentils work instead of the dry and forget adding water??

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12 Angela Liddon July 25, 2017

Hey Nicole, I think you could probably make canned lentils work with some experimentation! I would definitely cut out the water, like you suggest, and you may also have to reduce the juices from the canned diced tomatoes too. Maybe don’t add all the tomato juices from the can right away, and add the rest only if you need to thicken it up. If you try anything out please let us know how it goes. :)

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13 Janine July 21, 2017

This is just what I was hoping to find here. I don’t have to make it to know I will love it and it is healthy! I don’t have babies but my life is really busy lately and there just isn’t time sometimes to cook healthy stuff. Very grateful.

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14 Angela Liddon July 26, 2017

When you get a chance to give the recipe a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, Janine!

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15 Camille July 22, 2017

This looks absolutely delicious! Have you tried Penzey’s spices? It’s something I think you’d have to order, unless you were in Scottsdale, but so worth it. Their Curry Now is AMAZING. All their spices are delicious – nothing like store spices. If you haven’t been to one of their shops, add it to your to-do list the next time you’re in Arizona. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

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16 Angela Liddon July 25, 2017

Hey Camille, I have been to one in Scottsdale and it was wonderful!! I don’t believe I have tried their Curry Now spice, but I’ll have to double check my loot to make sure I didn’t forget about anything.

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17 Lauren July 22, 2017

Yes! So many grey days lately, such a cool summer. I love daal, I’ll have to give this a try!

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18 Angela Liddon July 26, 2017

Hope you love the recipe, Lauren! :)

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19 Christina @ montessoriishmom.com July 22, 2017

I am also in the stage of needing really quick dinners and this looks perfect! My little guy (9 months) will eat anything right now and I’m trying to appreciate it while it lasts because I know the toddler years can be so much trickier with that. Thanks for the recipe!

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20 Carolyn July 22, 2017

Well Angela, even though its humid and a heatwave here in MA, this is on the menu this weekend! I have a 7 month old son who does not like to be without me for a second. I put him down to try to cook, and he now does this fake cough, so i turn around and look at him and hes smiling! So keep these easy fast recopes coming please! ( you know, in your free time😉)

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21 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Hey Carolyn, Oh that fake cough….I’m giggling. SO cute. How are they so smart this young?! I’m always amazed. Sounds like he has you figured out already. ;) Arlo likes to “blow bubbles” (or as Adriana likes to say, ARLO SPITTIN!” to get my attention.

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22 Stephanie July 22, 2017

Looks delicious! I’m definitely trying asap! My girls are roughly the same age as your little ones, so I’m definitely in the same boat right now… 🙈
Question: (Maybe I missed this) If I do the carrot combo, how would you recommend chopping those? Small dice? Thanks!

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23 Angela Liddon July 25, 2017

Hi Stephanie, I’d recommend chopping those at a 1/2-inch dice or so, so the recipes cooks as quickly as possible. If you try it out, I hope you and your family enjoy it!

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24 Bec July 22, 2017

Oh – love the tip to set out all the spices first – I waste so much time going back to the cupboard when I don’t do that! And still forget to do it! Thanks heaps!

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25 Kylie July 22, 2017
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Thank you so much for this quick and delicious recipe! I received this recipe in my inbox at the perfect time as I had zucchini and broccoli that I needed to use. I made it this afternoon and will be making it again! Thanks again Angela! :-)

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26 Donna July 22, 2017

Hi Angela,
Just tried it with corn (one leftover ear – kernels sliced off), zucchini, broccoli, and 2 cups of fresh spinach. Added the spinach in the last five minutes of cooking to just wilt it.
Ran out of curry powder so added some curry paste.
So delicious!
Love that this is so simple and easy to prepare.
Thanks!

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27 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

So glad you liked it with the added spinach, Donna! We love how quick and easy this recipe is, too. :)

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28 Laura July 22, 2017
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Holy cow! This recipe is the BOMB DOT COM! I cannot believe how easy and delicious it is. I will be sad when my leftovers are gone and will be looking forward, happily, to making it again SOON! YUM!!!!!!!!!

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29 Angela Liddon July 26, 2017

Thanks for the love, Laura!

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30 Kate July 22, 2017

Welcome back! Mushed/mixed daal and rice is one of the first foods kids in India ever eat, so you and Adriana are on to something there. Here’s hoping the latest phase wraps up soon.

I’ll be making this soon with our latest CSA goodies! Quick meals are so helpful at busy times and on nights when it’s easy to snack too much out of hunger and impatience.

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31 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Thanks, Kate! I hope you enjoy the recipe when you get a chance to make it. Happy cooking!

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32 Marielle Smith July 23, 2017
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This was delicious, one of the best, and easiest!, dal recipes I ever tried. I foresee many versions of this dish in my immediate future.

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33 Angela Liddon July 24, 2017

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Marielle. This dish is just so versatile…have fun experimenting!

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34 Liv July 23, 2017

Oh yum! I always am in the mood for Dal!! This recipe really hits the spot!!! Can’t wait to make it myself!

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35 Angela Liddon July 24, 2017

I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to give it a try, Liv!

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36 Vanessa July 23, 2017

This might not seem like a great dish for summer – but it totally is!!! I just made it using a bunch of random CSA leftovers – corn, zucchini and spinach. Perfect and yummy!! I steamed some Trader Joe’s frozen rice and used squeeze lime juice for the ultimate lazy girls meal!

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37 Angela Liddon July 24, 2017

Happy to hear you enjoyed it, Vanessa!

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38 Daniella July 24, 2017

Hi Angela,
I just purchased your app and was wondering if there is some way to get nutritional information on your recipes? It’s just a nice thing to know. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and so far, I’m really happy! Very tasty 😀

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39 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Hey Daniella, Thanks so much for your support! I hope you’re enjoying the app so far. For most of my recipes I don’t calculate and share the nutritional information. But, if you go to a free online tool like caloriecount.com or nutritiondata.com (or an app like MyFitnessPal) and plug in the info for the recipe you want to know more about, you should be able to get a nutritional breakdown fairly quickly. Hope this helps!

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40 Terri July 24, 2017
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Made this tonight and it was deelish and easy- did broccoli, zucchini and yellow pepper over brown rice that I got in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s.

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41 Angela Liddon July 26, 2017

I’m glad the recipe was a hit, Terri!

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42 Molly July 24, 2017

This was so yummy and no joke 8 minutes!! I will definitely keep this on rotation. First attempt was zucchini and frozen green peas. And I had some basmati rice I had frozen recently when I made a huge batch. My super picky toddler actually took four bites (In bargain for her bowl of cereal – sob). I think they all go through it. My friends pediatrician calls them “pastatarians” during this phase! Made me laugh out loud. But with a toddler and six week old I would love to see more “pantry” recipes like this! I have your app too but came over here to say that! Thanks for all your great recipes Angela!

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43 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Pasatarians…omg, that is TOO good!!! I can’t wait to tell Eric about that one. It’s so true. Or as we like to say “she loves any option that’s not the one offered” so sometimes we offer her the foods we don’t want her to eat, hoping she’ll select the one that’s not offered. Oh man, I’m starting to sound crazy, but somehow I think you might relate. ;)

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44 Lea July 24, 2017

Oh my goodness, I just made this and it is amazing! I added a tiny dash of cinnamon and served it over basmati rice. Thanks for a great recipe!

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45 Laurie September 3, 2017
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A dash of cinnamon–what a fun twist!

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46 Irma July 24, 2017

I made this but substituted the coconut milk with soy/coconut milk but it messes it up , it become like soup hahaha, how can I fix that ?

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47 Angela Liddon July 25, 2017

Hi Irma, Canned coconut milk–even the light kind this recipe calls for–tends to be thicker than a soy/coconut milk blend you’d find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. That’s likely why you found the consistency of your dal too thin and soup-like, unfortunately. Your best bet next time would be to use canned light coconut milk. Another thing you could try is cooking the dal longer so some of the water cooks off and it thickens up. Hope that helps!

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48 Beth Bartson July 25, 2017

Do you think I could leave out the coconut. Allergic to nuts and most seeds it seems🙃

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49 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Hey Beth, I’m not sure, to be honest! The coconut gives it a lightly sweet, creaminess that helps offset the acidic bite from the tomatoes. If you are omitting the coconut milk it would take some experimentation probably. I’m sure you could try using veggie broth (maybe reduce to 1 cup though), but you might want to try adding back some fat into the recipe as well, in another form (maybe a bit more oil?). Another reader asked if unsweetened/unflavoured coconut yogurt would work, so maybe you could try an unsweetened/unflavoured soy-based yogurt? Just throwing ideas out there! If you try anything please let us know how it goes!

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50 sarah July 25, 2017

Just curious if I can use unflavoured/unsweetened coconut yogurt, only because it’s what I have on hand? Maybe thinned a little? Or would it be too much tang?

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51 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Hey Sarah, Oh, that’s an interesting idea for sure! I’m really not sure how it would turn out to be honest. My imaginary taste buds are coming up blank today, hah. I would probably thin it like you suggest, but only a tiny bit. If you try anything out please let us know how it goes. :)

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52 Hanna July 26, 2017

WOW this looks absolutely mouth watering ! What a tasty twist on Pantry DAL!

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53 Jen July 26, 2017

Excited to try this! The day you posted this, I was looking through OSG Everyday and thought to myself the green-orange creamsicle smoothie would make an awesome popsicle–so we made it (without the ice) and they were delicious. My 4 year old LOVES popsicles too, so get that spinach in there and I feel pretty good about it! Thanks so much for all your recipes!!

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54 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Hey Jen, Oh, that’s so funny because I was JUST thinking about this exact recipe, and made a mental note that I should make it into popsicles! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Adriana is now obsessed with the “smoothie” popsicles I’m making her (which also include greens…muhauhauh) and she thinks they are a “treat” which makes her want them even more. Anyway, I’m sure she will hate them in a few days so I better pack as many into her as I can, lol.

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55 Amber July 26, 2017

This looks so yum!! I love how healthy it is and how easy and quick it is to make! I love healthy recipes and this one is definitely one that I have to try. Thank you so much for sharing it!! Love your blog!

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56 Angela Liddon July 26, 2017

If you give it a try, I hope you love it as much as we do!

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57 Lea July 26, 2017
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I made this at the start of the week to eat at work for lunch, and WOW, what an excellent recipe! It was a great way to use up all of the extra carrots, peas, and broccoli in my pantry, as well. I doubled the recipe, added a touch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper for extra sweetness and heat, and have been serving it over quinoa or white rice, depending on how I am feeling that day. Delicious, wholesome, and so easy! Thanks Angela :)

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58 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the dal, Lea! That extra bit of of seasoning sounds like a great addition, too. Yum!

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59 Alison July 26, 2017

This looks so good and so fast! I think I’m going to try doing it in the Instant Pot…I’m thinking it’ll only take about 5 mins of cooking time!

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60 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

Enjoy, Alison! I’d love to hear how it goes in the Instant Pot, so if you get the chance, please report back! :)

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61 Kat July 30, 2017
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I tried this in my Instant Pot tonight.

I changed it up a bit after reading about conversions to pressure cooking – As vegetables can go to mush easily under pressure, I only used very hearty vegetables – carrots, broccoli stems, re-hydrated mushrooms and some frozen beet greens that were looking pretty sad (not that they are hearty, but I just wanted to get them used up). Would have added potatoes and cauliflower if I had them. I also omitted the tomatoes as I read that if adding an acid one should increase the cooking time by up to 4x. Had planned to add a fresh tomato after cooking but forgot.

Had a sad onion so chopped that up and threw it in.

Cooked everything on high pressure for 8 mins then did a natural release.

Added some snow peas, mixed greens and minced fresh ginger after cooking to brighten it up a bit. I like most of my vegetables al dente, so the very light cooking they got by adding them in the end was perfect for me and gave everything some texture variance.

Lol – sorry to have messed with your recipe so much, Angela, but thanks for the inspiration!

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62 Angela Liddon July 31, 2017

Lol, no apologies necessary, Kat! I love to hear how my recipes have been adapted. It’s so inspiring to hear how others get creative in the kitchen!

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63 Tammy July 27, 2017

Made this for supper last night. Easy and delicious!! Will definitely make again. Thanks!!

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64 Angela Liddon July 27, 2017

So glad you enjoyed it, Tammy!

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65 Agness of Run Agness Run July 27, 2017

I love fast, easy and healthy dishes, Angela! Which gains would you recommend for serving?

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66 Angela Liddon July 28, 2017

We’re really loving them these days too, Agness! I often serve this dish with cooked basmati rice, but you could really go with any grain you like: wild or brown rice (although they require a lot more cooking time unless you have a rice cooker or instant pot), quinoa, millet, sorghum, wheatberries…the list goes on :)

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67 AGS July 27, 2017
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This is a great, simple recipe for using up random summer veggies – I often have a few lingering in the bin.

Also, have you considered simplifying your weekly cooking? Three nights a week I cook the same thing (pasta on Monday and soup and grilled cheese on Tuesday, and one night a week is cold sandwiches with cut up fruit). As a FT outside the home working mom of 3 little ones – who were once 3 under 3 – I found this saved my sanity for a year period.

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68 Laura @ Raise Your Garden July 27, 2017

Okay, I’m in a similar situation as you AGS with the 3 little kids including a newborn, and I do the same meal deal thing by doing repeats but I was not working full time!! I can’t imagine. But I like this recipe for using up the zucchini in my garden too, lots of veggies starting to come!

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69 Angela Liddon July 29, 2017

That’s such a great idea! I definitely should try this. :)

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70 Lindsey at This Miss Cooks July 27, 2017

My weeks often end with me staring at the cauliflower I forgot the put in another dish and the zucchini left over from a recipe I meant to make but didn’t. I’m adding this to my “whoops I need a kitchen sink recipe” list. :)

https://thismisscooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/save-money-groceries-menu-plan/

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71 Aria Smith July 28, 2017

Looks super delicious and easy, thanks for sharing!!

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72 Missy July 28, 2017

Ok, this looks downright delicious! I have been on a HUGE Thai food experimentation phase and you can see evidence of it with recipes at www.behindtheplates.com but, I think Indian flavors need to be my next route….starting with this!!!

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73 Angela Liddon July 28, 2017

Hope you love it, Missy!!

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74 Sonya July 29, 2017

More recipes like this please!

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75 Lcg July 29, 2017

Could you just use frozen veg? Then you would be done in like four minutes!

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76 Angela Liddon August 8, 2017

I can’t see why not! If you have a frozen veggie mix that you love, I say go for it. :) You may benefit from adding them a bit later in the cooking process, too.

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77 Nathalie July 29, 2017

Yumm, this needs to go on my food bucket list for sure! Also love your cooking books by the way :-)

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78 Rose July 29, 2017

Looks so delicious. Yummy, healthy & easy :) I love the combination of dal and veggies. Thanks for sharing!

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79 Tara July 29, 2017

Lady, we all go through that with our kids! They go through those phases just to break us down (I swear). At my best, I’m able to make a meal that can be served in pieces to my kids with at least two things I know they’ll eat, but that is still satisfying to my husband and me when it’s all put together. At my worst, I’m preparing four different meals because each child wants something different, my husband gets the main dish, and I prep a version of it that doesn’t include any grain. They do grow out of it, though! My six-year-old is starting to like real food, and it’s delightful. She just fell in love with a soup I made that’s super easy and makes enough to feed us all for a few days. Did you catch that? EASY! Makes a lot! FANTASTIC, I’LL MAKE IT EVERY WEEK, CHILD!

Hang in there, mama. You are so totally not alone.

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80 Jenny July 30, 2017

Can’t wait to make this! I LOVE your cookbooks and have been a huge fan for the last 3 years. Hang in there with the picky eaters – it is the long game that counts. My boys started to enjoy “our food” around age 4, and are now 8 and 10 and eat everything we eat – just keep offering the food that you make for yourselves, and you’ll be surprised – one day they’ll say they hate mushrooms and the next day they will love them.

Question – would you be interested in developing recipes for the slow cooker? With school-age kids the slow cooker is SO helpful because during that late afternoon time/early evening time, it gets SO busy. I never used my slow cooker much until my kids went to school and now I realize how helpful it is! I’d love to see some new recipes, or even older OSG ones adapted for the slow cooker!

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81 Hanna August 1, 2017

Agree with Jenny. I’d love some slow cooker recipe in the future please! :)
Thanks for this new recipe, looks so good!

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82 Angela Liddon August 8, 2017

Hey Jenny, Thanks for the encouragement!! I’m sure if we keep at it, one day it’ll all click. ;) Thanks for the slow cooker suggestion too. I will have to get brainstorming this fall!

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83 Laurie September 3, 2017

I love the idea of developing vegan slow-cooked recipes! I’m living in a house with a lot of meat roasting pans, which are useless for me as a life-long vegan. That said, there is a slow cooker in the back of the cupboard. Last autumn I made a lot of apple butter in the slow cooker, however, found I didn’t end of using it as a spread because I always put nut of seed butters on bread for my son, but I recommend making slow cooker apple butter if you do use jam. Thus, this autumn I’m not making any slow cooker apple butter, just lots (and I mean lots!) of apple sauce from two abundance trees.
One use for the slow cooker, that I adore is steel cut oat porridge.
That said, if you come up with any savoury slow cooker recipes, I’d be delighted to hear!

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84 valerie July 31, 2017
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it was very good!! tanks!

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85 Maria Joseph August 2, 2017

Very informative and looks delicious.I love the combination of veggies and dal.I am definitely trying this.Thank you for sharing.

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86 Diana August 3, 2017
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Made this tonight and it was wonderful! Only problem was I thought “8 minute” meant the length of cooking time but oh well it was worth the 20 minute wait to eat! Very flavorful!

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87 Janett August 4, 2017
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I have made this twice in the last 2 weeks. It is so good and so easy. And was a hit with a friend. Thank you.

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88 Julie August 5, 2017

I just made this. I am a big fan of your recipes and you have always gotten the seasoning just right. This is a great recipe but I think it needs more spice. I doubled the curry and then added that doubled amount in cumin. That pretty much did the trick.

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89 Alexina August 5, 2017

I followed the recipe exactly using broccoli and zucchini as you did and this was pretty much the perfect recipe. Absolutely delicious and very easy!! I followed your advice too, and got the Simply Organic curry powder. Thank you!

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90 Alexina August 5, 2017
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Oops – I forgot to leave a rating in my comment- 5 stars!

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91 Julie August 5, 2017

This is quickly made and soooo delicious! I love curry so when I took a bit of the meal to see if the seasoning was good I was so amazed! Thanks so much for deciding to make recipes as your living!

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92 Kathleen August 5, 2017

Looks delicious! I love Dahl in general, and though I used to love my time in the kitchen, having two under two of my own means I’m beginning to fall in love with fast… this is going to be added to our weekly dinner lineup, I just feel it!

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93 Benjamin Ehinger August 6, 2017

Awesome! I am always looking for ways to use up things I am not sure what to do with. This seems like the perfect recipe for those times when you look in the fridge and you’re just not sure what you can make with what you have. Seems like veggies could easily be interchangeable, along with fresh tomatoes for canned or even salsa in a pinch.

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94 molly August 7, 2017
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This was thebomb.com. Seriously. It came together so quickly and my whole family dug it. Filling, healthy, hearty, tasty. What more could we ask for? Thanks for the recipe! I added a squeeze of honey because my kids like a little sweetness in curry dishes. :)

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95 Angela Liddon August 8, 2017

Thanks for the glowing review, Molly! So pleased to hear the recipe was a hit.

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96 Natalie Baumann August 7, 2017

This recipe is INCREDIBLE!

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97 Angela Liddon August 8, 2017

So glad you enjoyed it, Natalie!

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98 Lauren August 8, 2017
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THIS IS SO GOOD! I have made so many before and this is my favorite and I love it even more because it was so simple! Thank you so much!

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99 Angela Liddon August 9, 2017

I’m glad this recipe was such a hit, Lauren! I love how fast & simple it is, too–so key in our house these days!

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100 Liz August 8, 2017

Hi! Tried this tonight and loved it! However my husband thinks it needed more heat. What spice would you recommend adding? Or just adding more curry powder? Thanks!

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101 Angela Liddon August 17, 2017

Hey Liz, You can definitely crank up the heat in this dish…I would welcome it! I love to add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. The benefit is that your husband can stir it in his own dish at the end. You can certainly add more curry powder too. Another fun twist which might be nice is to add red curry paste (I adore it! Have you tried it before?)

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102 Verena August 9, 2017
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Easy and delicious!
I made it with Green Beans and Zucchini.
Thank You!

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103 Ellen August 9, 2017

The deliciousness of this cannot be undersold. Wonderful dinner tonight. Thanks!

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104 Ttrockwood August 10, 2017

You can also certainly make rice or quinoa in big batches and just freeze flat in a ziplock. Makes it easy to thaw quickly, and just reheat in the microwave.

I remember my sister had a very picky phase when very young and my mom never made a seperate different dish but she would keep components seperate. So for something like this dish my sister would have just had some buttered rice. She grew out of it and became a vegetarian like i did while still in elementary school and both of us ate more variety than ever before. (Our parents are dedicated omnivores, i started cooking very young ).

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105 Christabel August 11, 2017

This looks great. I hope you will do more quick dinner recipes! I’ve got a 3 year old and also work PT outside the home so I don’t have tons of time to cook.

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106 Allison August 11, 2017
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Just made this last night for dinner. I added broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and mushrooms. I added a little extra water so it was a bit thinner and served with quinoa. It was delicious! Thanks as always for the great recipes!

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107 Grant August 11, 2017

Looks ridiculously good. Absolutely love curry. I am going to try adding some extra kick to it with sriracha or red peppers.

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108 Angela Liddon August 14, 2017

Oh, I’d love to hear how those additions turn out, Grant! I think they’d add a great kick of extra flavour.

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109 Olya Singh August 12, 2017

Hi Angela, I am sure I saw your post personal care come up in my feed (I was really looking forward to reading it and learning from it), but I can’t seem to find it. Am I looking in a wrong place or have you had to take it down for some reason? Kindest Regards, Olya

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110 Angela Liddon August 14, 2017

Hi Olya, Are you referring to my skin care page? If so, you can find it here. Hope that helps!

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111 Olya Singh August 14, 2017

Yes, this is it, thank you very much!

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112 Norma Cheung August 12, 2017
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Yum, this was amazing. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to do and yet so delicious. I was able to put this dinner on the table even on a night that I was exhausted from work.

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113 Angela Liddon August 14, 2017

I’m so glad the recipe was a hit, Norma! :)

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114 Sarah August 14, 2017

Look tasty and the best thing is that it does not require much time to prepare :) love it!

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115 Lauren Yergeau August 14, 2017

Can you freeze any leftovers? I would like to make a double batch for quick meals in the future.

Thanks!

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116 Angela Liddon August 17, 2017

Hey Lauren, I haven’t tried it yet (as we eat it so fast! haha), but I’ve had great success freezing other curries so I can’t see why not! Happy cooking :)

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117 Annie August 14, 2017

Looks tasty – will make this tomorrow!! I would love for you to do a cookbook with fastest of fast recipes (please, please, please!). I find it so hard to find the time to cook recipes with my toddler going crazy because I’m giving something attention other than her. I can only imagine what it’s like to cook with a baby thrown in the mix too!

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118 sam August 15, 2017
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I’ve made this twice in two weeks. It’s wonderful. This time, I doubled everything, since the first time I was upset about the lack of leftovers. Perfect.

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119 Angela Liddon August 15, 2017

Leftovers are always a great plan ;) Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Sam!

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120 University Magazine August 17, 2017
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I made this for writing staffs and brought to the office and they all love it and asked me to make it again for next thursday :D

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121 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2017

I’m so happy to hear that it was a hit. :) Thanks for your feedback!

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122 Edwina August 17, 2017

My children have always been fussy eaters. It’s taken years to yet them even close to normal eating habits! I love the idea of 10 minutes prep. This recipe looks delicious. It’s exactly what I like for a quick mid-week dinner. I’m going to make it next.

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123 Luna August 17, 2017

Can’t believe prep time is only 8 minutes! I’d definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

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124 Freya August 18, 2017

I’m often put off from making curries and similar dishes because the ingredients list is usually so long it seems daunting! But this recipe actually looks do-able – I think I already have everything I’d need! Will definitely try this soon :) Thanks

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125 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2017

I hope you enjoy it Freya!

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126 julie August 19, 2017

Tbat is nothing like a daal… daal is JUST lentils or legumes.

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127 Rachel Reid August 21, 2017

Love this! I’m always looking for ways to spend more time with my family and quick dinners is what I’m all about! Plus, its healthy! Yippy! Health and nutrition is so important! I know I feel better since I started a new nutrition system :) Energy for days!

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128 Sue August 24, 2017
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We enjoyed this as a double recipe with broccoli, cauliflower, zuke, red peppers and carrots Easy, beautiful and delicious. Thanks for the recipe

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129 Chris August 28, 2017

Hi Angela, just wondering why you use onion and garlic powders ? I always use fresh and don’t have this in my cupboard, is it for concentrated flavour or convenience, can I just throw in fresh ? Really enjoy your recipes, I’m a vegan fringe dweller!

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130 Angela Liddon August 30, 2017

Hi there Chris, You definitely hit the nail on the head—on busy nights dried spices are quicker and more convenient than fresh garlic and onion. But I love using fresh when I can, and you should feel free to do so in this recipe. As dried ingredients tend to be more concentrated than fresh, you’ll likely want to adjust your measurements accordingly to taste. I think you could swap in a cup of so of chopped onion and a few minced garlic cloves quite easily. :)

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131 Alana Browne August 29, 2017
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Hi Angela,
This is a wonderful recipe. Would you be able to provide the nutritional information for it?
Thanks!

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132 Angela Liddon September 1, 2017

Hi Alana, I’m sorry, I don’t have the nutritional info on hand. But there are some great free online tools (like caloriecount.com or nutritiondata.com) that you can use to calculate the numbers you’d like to know. I hope that helps!

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133 Shiela August 29, 2017

I am allergic to coconut oil, what do you recommend in place of it? I don’t really like the taste of olive oil… Thanks! And I love your recipes! I am switching over to plant based and your website is my go to for good, delicious foods!

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134 Angela Liddon September 8, 2017

Thanks for the love, Shiela! If you’re not a fan of olive oil, you could try grapeseed oil or refined avocado oil in this recipe–both are on the neutral/light-tasting side, and you should barely notice they’re there. Hope this helps!

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135 Jenny Hubbard August 29, 2017

The PRINT button isn’t working for this recipe. Could you please let me know when it’s fixed? Sounds yummy!!!

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136 elaine kelly August 30, 2017
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I was so excited to see this recipe. It turned out well but just a bit too runny, I would cut back on the coconut milk next time and didn’t use any water. I would add more red lentils too and wait to put the broccolli later as it came out a bit too soft compared to the cauliflower and courgettes I used.

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137 Shannon Mayhew August 31, 2017
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This was sooooo delicious! Even my picky kids loved it! Yay! A healthy meal we will all eat! Thank you. I’ve enjoyed every recipe of yours that I’ve tried so far. :)

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138 Angela Liddon September 1, 2017

Thanks for trying my recipes, Shannon! I’m so glad this one was a hit with the entire family. It can be so hard to find a dish everyone likes sometimes, but it’s always great when you find a winner :)

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139 Emily September 1, 2017

I just made this last night and it was delicious! I love all the spices and the squeeze of lime at the end brightened up the flavors. Will make this again for sure! Might try adding chickpeas to the veggies, too!

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140 Angela Liddon September 1, 2017

Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Emily! Please let me know how you like it with chickpeas–that sounds like a great addition.

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141 Julie September 2, 2017
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I became an absolute fan of Indian cuisine after my recent trip to India! It is so delicious and comforting and full of flavor. Re-invented a few dishes in their healthiest options on my website too :) Goin to try this one ASAP! Thank you for the recipe xxx

Love, Julie xxx www.juliejuliet.com

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142 Enrique September 4, 2017
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Looks delicious – dal has always been a staple of mine! And the best part is the ‘pantry’ part as you can put different ingredients in depending on what you have on stock!

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143 Kim September 4, 2017
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Oh my goodness this was so delicious that I had to come out to leave a review. I have been searching for the perfect curry recipe and have made quite a few. This is by far the best and easiest. I used cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes. I also used full fat coconut milk, since that was all I had on hand. I served it over basmati rice and there were no leftovers. I will be making this quite often. Thank you for your delicious recipes!

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144 Angela Liddon September 5, 2017

Oh, I’m so happy you found this recipe, Kim! Thanks for the glowing review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed it! :)

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145 Mary September 5, 2017
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More recipes like this please!

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146 Shanasy September 6, 2017

Thanks for this quick and easy recipe. I’ve shared the link with my FB group “Super Quick Plant Based Recipes” https://www.facebook.com/SuperQuickPBRecipes/ I think they will love it AND your site!

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147 Trisha September 7, 2017
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This is now our weekday lunch meal. I like to make a big batch of something on the weekend and a double recipe of this is absolutely perfect.

Thank you so much for all your posts. About a year ago I decided to end an over decade long battle with hormone related issues that left me sick so often it was unbelievable. I’d lost part of my reporductive organs to a cyst, had persistent PCOS on my remaining ovary, had multiple fibroids and even when I tried to “eat healthy” and exercise, couldn’t lose a pound to save my life. I was in and out of the doctors office every other week doing tests, undergoing procedures, my PMS left me nearly bedridden at least a week to 9 days of the month…it really was just not a great quality of life…so after ANOTHER biopsy that turned into an infection that they couldn’t get a handle on, while I laid on my couch an emotional MESS I watched EVERY food documentary on Netflix and realized I need to try something else. So I took a few weeks to do a lot of research and really prepare myself and then started a hypoallergenic diet trial – completely clean for 4 weeks and then reintoduce foods a bit at a time and what became apparent was that “food” that has hormones or chemicals or is processed beyond recognition causes my hormones to go crazy!

At first I just made vegetable soups and rice and lentils and ate a lot of fruit because to be honest, I’ve never been a huge vegetable fan so I had NO IDEA how to cook with them beyond the basics, so it was going to be hard to maintain…but I couldn’t argue with the results; after a week I felt great, I started exercising all the time without having to force myself, I lost nearly 20 lbs in 12 weeks, while eating all the time and never feeling hungry…I knew I couldn’t maintain it on bland, no idea what I’m doing food though. (I am a cheese and white bread and meat lover by nature!) Without your blog, and then your second cookbook, and your shoutouts to other blogs I would never have been able to maintain any of this.

I am far from perfect but day to day, I eat better and feel better than I ever have in my life and recipes like this one, that make it so much less overwhelming and seem so much more simple are a huge part of why I have been able to do that. So grateful for all the trial and error you’ve probably had to do to be able to help other people, who couldn’t do that themselves. Keep it up, it’s so life changing!

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148 Angela Liddon September 11, 2017

Hey Trisha, Wow, thank you SO much for sharing your story! I am truly humbled by your kind words, and just thrilled to hear that you’re doing so much better now. Thank you for all your support, and I wish you all the health and happiness in the world. Side note: I’m so happy you love making a double batch of the dal each week…we’ve been doing that too, and I just LOVE the leftovers for lunch/dinner. :)

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149 Amanda September 11, 2017

You are making me hungry! Great idea for those get it on the table so your kid can go to bed nights!

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150 Amy @ Mutha Fitness September 12, 2017

I found this at just the right moment! I was looking for inspiration for tonight’s dinner and here it is. Can’t wait to try this!

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151 Angela Liddon September 12, 2017

Hope it hits the spot, Amy!

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152 Christin September 12, 2017

I didn’t read all 150 comments so I’m sorry if this has already been addressed, but I’m not really a fan of yellow curry. Would using a green curry paste work? It looks awesome.

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153 Debbie Lin September 12, 2017
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Made this tonight and it was so delicious! Thanks a lot Angela for being the pioneer of healthy and quick recipes for all the moms out there ;-) I have two little ones – they both ate some!

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154 Angela Liddon September 13, 2017

Thanks so much for the warm words, Debbie. I’m so happy to hear this was a hit with your little ones!

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155 Susan September 13, 2017

Delicious dish! The leftovers were even better! Heaven in a bowl! Thank you!!

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156 Jessica Dee September 15, 2017

Have you tried cooking with the kids instead of leaving them under foot? My almost one year old is already obsessed with trying to help in the kitchen. He mostly just moves chopped veggies from one place to another (and samples them along the way). We are ikea hacking him a learning tower so he can be at the counter while I cook. There isn’t much information on what kinds of things he will be able to help with next, but I’m excited to figure it out!

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157 Angela Liddon September 15, 2017

Hey Jessica, haha so cute. Adriana also loves to help us cook! Smoothies, pancakes, meal prep…anything where she can stick things into a bag and pour it all over the place basically…lol. I take solace in the fact that one day she will be my personal chef? ;) I’ll have to look up this IKEA hack!

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158 Kaela September 16, 2017
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Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! I discovered it earlier this week on your app and I am making it for a second time tonight for dinner! It is so simple to make and the ingredients (as the name suggests) are things that I pretty much always have in the house!! I know this will be a recipe I go back to again and again!

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159 Leatitia September 18, 2017
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I made this this weekend and everybody loved it!

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160 Paula September 19, 2017
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I made this today bc I had leftover fresh veggies to use up – broccoli, cauliflower and red pepper. Even tho I had fresh I followed the recipe and used garlic powder and dried minced onions since it’s the first time I’ve made thisi. Now I’m just waiting for dinner time to dig in and can’t wait!! This is so tasty!! My hubby tasted and now he wants some too. Less for me, so sad. I’m new to vegan cooking and trying for health reasons. I’m pretty healthy but getting older and my cholesterol is creeping up. My husband is already taking a statin. So I’d really like to lower that LDL naturally. The trouble is finding decent recipes (I’ve tossed a few disgusting meals) so I’m very happy to find this site. I’m looking forward to checking out more of your recipes online and in your cookbook. Thank you Angela!

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161 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 20, 2017

Hey Paula,
Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog + recipes! I’m so happy this recipe was a hit for you and your husband. We make it a few times a month…it’s just so easy! I like to make double batches because the leftovers only get better. Happy cooking!

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162 Charlene September 20, 2017
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Hi Angela – I have read your blog for a few years now and just recently downloaded your APP. I LOVE your recipes and just recently tried this one. It was really good! I used butternut squash and zucchini and I will definitely be making this recipe again! Thank you!

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163 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 20, 2017

Hey Charlene,
Thanks for downloading the app! I hope you love it. And I’m so happy this recipe was a hit. We make it a few times a month! So easy and the leftovers get better the next day.

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164 Lisa September 20, 2017

Delicious! I’m going to try a new recipe at least 4 days per week. Making your Vegan BB now. Kitchen smells pretty amazing!

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165 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 21, 2017

Thanks Lisa! So happy you enjoyed it :)

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166 Rebekah September 21, 2017

I made this last night and–YUM–it was a huge hit. Even my picky, non-veg boyfriend loved it. This will definitely be our new end-of–the-week staple for using up leftover vegetables. Thank you!

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167 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 21, 2017

Hey Rebekah, Great news! Thanks for letting me know. I too love to throw in anything lurking in my crisper…hasn’t failed me yet. haha.

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168 Connie September 22, 2017
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We enjoyed this (perfect for a busy school night), and also your chili. Finally, the weather here is cool enough to appreciate these ‘warming’ dishes. Oh, and also made your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip squares last night; pumpkin spice latte is the next up.

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169 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2017

I’m anxiously awaiting for our fall weather to arrive too..we’re in a big heat wave the past couple weeks! I’m just yearning for 20C highs…hhaa. Those recipes sound like perfect ones to welcome fall with. :) Glad you enjoyed them!

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170 Mandy September 23, 2017
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I’ve made this recipe 4 or 5 times since it was posted, with several different vegetable combinations. I have to say that potatoe, pea and Swiss chard / kale is my favourite combination. This has quickly become my fall back recipe for dinner as it uses items always in my pantry. I also have divided it into meal type portions and frozen it for work lunchs – so good!! Definitely recommend!!

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171 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2017

Oh that’s a great combo! Thanks for sharing :)

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172 Chantal September 23, 2017

Hi Angela,
I just came across this recipe and I want to make it soon I was just wondering what looks like quinoa in the picture?

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173 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2017

Hey Chantal, Is that by chance the ground black pepper on top that I used? Otherwise, I paired the dish with rice on the base. Hope this helps!

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174 Chrissy September 26, 2017

Hi Angela!!! I am SOOO thankful I found your blog. Made the chickpea salad this past weekend and it was a hit with everyone! my son is allergic to dairy and eggs so he was basically born vegan. And get this….. he is also named Arlo and my husband is also named Eric!!! 😂👯👯 I think it was meant to be that I found your blog. Trying this recipe for tonight’s dinner!! Thanks so much!!

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175 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2017

So glad it was a hit with everyone! :)

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176 sarah September 28, 2017

Hey ! Love the recipe ! It’s for 1 person right ?

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177 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2017

hah totally! I wish I didn’t have to share! ;)

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178 Jeff September 28, 2017
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Loved it! Used Vindaloo curry powder and regular coconut milk.

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179 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2017

Thanks Jeff! So happy you enjoyed it.

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180 Edwina September 30, 2017

I still love the idea of this recipe in warmer weather. I was just thinking about using lentils this morning so this recipe is really good timing. It looks delicious.

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181 Jennifer October 1, 2017

Hi! Can you do any recipes with strong black seed oil? I have heard it is great for allergies and I have been making a tea with it and it has helped a lot. But I was wondering could it be used in different recipes? And when used in recipes does it still maintain its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties?

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182 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2017

Hey Jennifer, Interesting! I haven’t heard of this before, but I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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183 elysa October 1, 2017

hello

i made this and used your enchilada sauce instead of tomato sauce because that was all me had. hubby & daughter both enjoyed.

today i was making a recipe for the 2nd time and thought you might enjoy it because you have kids and it is quick prep ahead of time. i did not create it – but it is a slow cooker recipe and all have enjoyed it (even our littles one tried it, but she is just starting foods)

https://myvega.com/recipes/slow-cooker-sloppy-joes/

we added some miyokos (spelling?) cheese on top (not for baby) and i omitted a few things and changed one or two- but kept the majority.

hope you enjoy

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184 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2017

Hey Elysa, Sounds delicious…thanks for sharing! I’ve been meaning to whip out my slow cooker soon :)

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185 Christine October 2, 2017

Nothing better than a simple recipe with toddlers because who has time to cook? I just finished making this and the only changes I made were sautéing 1/2 diced onion in place of the onion powder and I reduced the garlic powder to 1tsp. I felt like even that amount of garlic powder overpowered the curry, so next time I will probably try fresh minced garlic. My spices are from Penzeys and their garlic powder is stronger than most, so others may not have that problem. This recipe is a keeper!

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186 Ula October 4, 2017
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I made it again today- usually just add whatever I have but I really like the potatoe and carrot :) today accompanied by broccoli and a little bit of parsnip- as always delicious!Thank you for this recipe!

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187 Alyssa October 11, 2017

I made this tonight and doubled the recipe and I used sweet potatoe, broccoli and a few carrots. I didn’t have a good curry so I made my own following the recipe and it was Delicious! It was comforting and warm!!

Because I doubled recipe , I also doubled the liquids but I found it a bit watery- I cooked it with the lid on because I used sweet potatoe but not sure if I should cut back a little liquid next time . It was still amazing and I can’t wait to make it again!

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188 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2017

Hey Alyssa, Oh homemade curry sounds like a fantastic addition! I’ve found certain combos can be more watery than others; often cooking with the lid off (and just a bit longer than usual) does the trick. Leftovers will also thicken up in the fridge. So happy you love it so much! It’s on an almost weekly rotation over here.

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