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Dal with Spinach and Radishes

Ah, yes. Another clean-out-the-fridge meal. I like to use spinach quickly, since it’s so nice when it’s fresh, and radishes always stump me. Did I make a salad, you ask? Nah. I made dal.

Spinach dal

The lentils, along with onions, spinach, radishes (yes, cooked — they add a little spiciness) and seasonings, served with brown rice, made a complete meal. I know cooking radishes sounds a little weird, but they really do pair well with Indian spices, and in some parts of India, radishes are cooked traditionally, often in dal.

Dal with Spinach and Radishes
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (or a neutral oil like canola)
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced thinly
  • 1½ tsp turmeric
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt, plus additional to taste
  • 4-5 small radishes, sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch spinach, tough stems removed and leaves roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan and add the lentils. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until tender, 25-35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the ghee over medium-high heat and saute the onions until softened and translucent. Turn the heat down to medium and continue to stir until they are light golden brown.
  3. Stir the turmeric, cumin, cayenne and 1 tsp salt in the with the onions. Add the radishes and the spinach, working in batches and adding more as the spinach wilts.
  4. When the spinach is wilted but still bright green and the lentils are cooked, add the onion mixture to the lentil mixture and cook for a few additional minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Serve with rice and enjoy!


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2 Thoughts on “Dal with Spinach and Radishes

  1. Lauren,
    Wonderful recipe–I bet my kids would eat radishes this way since they love Indian food. 2 weeks until my CSA starts back up, which gives me plenty of time to head back over to Everyday Maven where Alyssa just posted a great “How to Make Ghee” tutorial, complete with photos of every step of the process.

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  2. I love the idea of adding radishes to this!
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