ginger sweet potato dal with coconut leeks

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I’ve been making this recipe forever. Sometimes I change it up with other spices or different types of lentils/pulses, but the core remains as one of my weeknight dinner go-to’s. I love how it checks off all of those crucial boxes: easy, quick, economical, comforting and so, so good for you. I think there’s just the right amount of things to keep it interesting too. The little cubes of sweet potatoes still have a bit of bite. The leeks are sweet and bring that fragrant hit of coconut oil (I love drizzling a bit of the extra oil from cooking on top as well). Some juicy lime and a couple hits of something hot keep it all in balance. It’s a vibrant and easy thing to keep us in the light this time of year.

I have a hunch that a lot of us are thinking about changes and things we want to take on, either over the holiday break or into the new year. I know there will be some major ones in my house, all of which you’ll probably hear about in good time. I’m not really a juice fast kinda gal anymore, but my man and I have both acknowledged that we need to focus-up some of our tendencies in terms of health and self-care. We do eat well, but sometimes I just worry that we need to be a bit more intentional and selective with our choices. Protein-heavy bowls of food like this one definitely help. I’m going to turn 30 this winter and with that, there’s a lot of considerations coming into the circle nutrition-wise. I’m excited to explore those things and work some of them out here in this space.

So in the arc of self-care and intentional choice-making (and spreading holiday cheer!), I’m partnering up with the generous folks at Wine Country Ontario for a giveaway. I’m a passionate supporter of Ontario wine–I grew up in the birthplace of Canada’s wine industry after all. I’ve worked in farm to table joints and a few winery restaurants over the years. I’ve also been lucky enough to do tastings with wine makers and sommeliers, see production facilities and gain insight in terms of how the land and climate effects what goes into a bottle of VQA certified wine.

So naturally, when they asked me to partner up with their 12 Days of Wine Country Ontario promotion, I was all in. I got to hand pick the $150.00 prize from a variety of Ontario wine country businesses. I eventually settled on the gorgeous 4 diamond Oban Inn, Spa and Restaurant right in the heart of my hometown. It’s so quaint and gorgeous. I remember my first-ever fancy dinner was spent in their restaurant on my mother’s birthday when I was around 5 or 6 years old, and I was just so excited by the sugar cubes that they brought out for her post-meal coffee. Also, my mom’s birthday is this week so the timing of this is just too sweet for me :)

Full disclosure: for hosting this giveaway, I’ll be receiving the same prize from Wine Country Ontario and I’ll tell you right now that I plan on using it in their very chill spa for some optimum self-care. Fancy lady time!

To enter for your chance to win one (1) $150.00 gift card for the lovely Oban Inn, Spa and Restaurant in Niagara On The Lake Ontario, you can leave a comment on this post telling me how you practice self-care in this busy time. For me? It takes many forms: sometimes it’s my favourite turmeric shake as an afternoon snack, or taking an afternoon off to visit my parent’s dog, a bath with my hippie lavender bubbles, and sometimes it’s a glass of wine on the couch when I have a million other things to do. For a bonus entry, snap a photo on Instagram of your self-care in action and tag me (@thefirstmess) + Wine Country Ontario (@WineCountryOnt), using the hashtag #12daysVQA. This contest is open to Canadian residents only and you have until Sunday night (December 14th) at midnight to enter! Giveaway is now closed!

Last little notes: those sweet potatoes in the photo up top are stored in my new favourite thing: washable paper bags by UASHMAMA. I’ve been using them for plants, little trees, bread, storage, produce etc. They’re so handy and blissfully reusable. I really do recommend them. I also did an interview on Get the Gloss this week AND participated in a major cookie party on BAKED with some of my favourite Canadians. Lastly, I collaborated with Pure Green Magazine, Lindsey, and Claire for a holiday Pinterest board that focuses on celebrating in a way that’s kind to the earth and our bodies. Hope you dig! xo

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ginger sweet potato dal with coconut leeks recipe
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serves: 4
notes: Every recipe I’ve read for dal tells you to add the salt at a different time (to avoid toughness or the lentils breaking down too soon etc). I add a solid pinch at the beginning when I pour the water and then adjust it at the end to my liking.

dal ingredients:
2-3 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of chili flakes
1 cup red lentils
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small
1 two inch piece of ginger, peeled + minced
1 one inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled + minced (or substitute 1 tsp dried turmeric powder)
3 1/2 cups filtered water + extra if necessary
salt to taste

coconut leeks ingredients:
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 leek, white and light green part julienned
squeeze of lime juice
pinch of salt

to serve:
cooked, warm rice (I used black japonica rice from Lundberg)
chopped parsley, cilantro or mint (or a combination)
black sesame seeds (very optional)

Place a large pot over medium heat. Heat up the coconut oil in the pot and add the ground coriander, mustard seeds and chili flakes. Stir about until the mustard seeds start to pop just a little bit.

Add the lentils, diced sweet potato, ginger, turmeric, and a pinch of salt. Stir the whole mixture to combine/coat in oil. Add the filtered water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the mixture is creamy and soupy, stirring occasionally. The sweet potato pieces should still be intact with a tiny bit of bite. The lentils will be broken down, filling out the mixture. Add more water if you need to. Keep it warm while you sauté the leeks.

Heat the coconut oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the leeks to the pan and sauté until leeks are soft and very fragrant. Season with salt. Add a squeeze of lime if you like. Remove from the heat.

To serve: divide the hot dal over 4 portions of rice. Top the dal with sautéed leeks and a few dribbles of the coconut oil left in the pan. Garnish each serving with the chopped herbs and black sesame seeds.

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha11/12/2014 - 5:09 am

    This plate is sunshine in a winter and grey day! Sweet potatoes are not so common here in Italy, but luckily they are almost alway present in my organic food store…and I love them so much!ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.11/12/2014 - 5:44 am

    During this busy time, I practice self-care by granting myself daily “me time” (exercise, meditation, and reading a good book).ReplyCancel

  • lynsey // lynseylovesfood11/12/2014 - 7:42 am

    There is so much goodness in this post that gives the means to practice self care – warming comfort to, easy go-to meals to take the stress off, cookies, and of course wine. with the snow this morning this is all i want to eat! xoReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine11/12/2014 - 7:53 am

    What an incredible combination of flavors! I always think dal looks so good- but I am allergic to lentils! Anything you can think of that would make a substitution?
    Laura: Hey Michelle, Can you eat dried split peas? That would be the easiest one-for-one substitution. Otherwise, some par-cooked little cannelini beans might be do-able. You would have to adjust and play around with the water amount though.

  • Carol11/12/2014 - 8:45 am

    This looks perfect for dinner any night! One question…the “carrot” bit of the recipe is missing? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/12/2014 - 8:49 am

      Hey Carol! That was a teeny mistake. I originally planned to do this as a sweet potato AND carrot dal, but changed my mind last second. All fixed now. Good eye on that :)

  • JESSIEMARCEL11/12/2014 - 9:06 am

    Wow… i often make dal w/ red lentils, so comforting and warming and filling. But I’ve never thought of adding sweet potatoes to the mix!!!! Think i got dinner covered! My self-care these days is subbing herbal teas istead of my morning coffe durring the week(coffee makes me go nutts in so many ways its not even funny! But sooo good!!!) and treating myself to one single delish flavored (hommemade coconut milk creamers!) on sunday mornings!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming11/12/2014 - 9:46 am

    a nice calming morning coffee or a refreshing run!ReplyCancel

  • Meg11/12/2014 - 9:52 am

    I’m a pediatric nurse, so self-care is hugely important, and sandwiched in between 12 hour shifts and all the other things I have on my to-do list. It usually involves a long run or yoga, but equally as often, a glass of wine and a netflix marathon. Plus I never say no to a little chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable11/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    Isn’t dal the best and red lentils are delicious! I love the flavors you used in this recipe, it reminded me of all the good things that make it so comforting. By the way, where did you get that little bowl, it is beautiful?
    Laura: Hey Nik, thanks so much! The bowl is from a Canadian book/gift store chain called Indigo. Although I’m not sure if they sell that particular one anymore. Link’s here anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole11/12/2014 - 10:30 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! My husband grew up in Ontario’s wine country also and my in-laws still live there. I would love to win this prize and spend a night at the Oban Inn!

    This time of year, it’s essential for me to practise self-care by sticking to my exercise routine – that means making it to the gym as much as possible, even if it means stopping there on my way to a family get-together. It makes a world of difference both physically and emotionally.

    Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • liz11/12/2014 - 10:54 am

    I do tai chi and draw. I also bake bread.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley11/12/2014 - 11:26 am

    My simple, go-to meals never look quite this pretty. Definitely need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Fontes11/12/2014 - 11:27 am

    Looks delicious! This time of year, I’m taking care by slowing down and cooking something everyday (the soba noodle soup was great). I used to waitress in NOTL, so this giveaway sounds fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda D11/12/2014 - 11:36 am

    Thanks for this yummy recipe!

    How do I practice self-care? By sitting on my cushion as often as I can to meditate, whether for 3 or 30 minutes, no matter. I also just signed up for a 3-day silent treat over NY’s. A gift to myself where I create space to reflect on the past year and let it go, and ground myself for the year ahead. Yum. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Gaudet11/12/2014 - 11:47 am

    What kind of rice was prepared in this recipe?
    Laura: Hi Patricia, I used black japonica rice from Lundberg, which can be found here. I bought a big bag at my local Costco.ReplyCancel

  • Erin11/12/2014 - 12:06 pm

    Making time for daily exercise and making lots of the recipes from your blog helps keep me trued this time of year! And the occasional jacuzzi tub beer doesn’t hurt either. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan11/12/2014 - 12:19 pm

    Diggin this so hard! Girl, your photos are always on point annnd I need some of those reusable bags, stat. Self care usually comes in the form of pizza, cat cuddles and lots of tv.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime R11/12/2014 - 12:37 pm

    I practice self-care by getting a CSA box most weeks which encourages me to eat whole, healthy foods and experiment with new recipes without even having to head to the grocery store…plus it feels good to buy local and eat seasonal foods!ReplyCancel

  • Alex11/12/2014 - 1:29 pm

    Taking time to cook, go for extra long walks and getting some solid cardio!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna Green11/12/2014 - 1:39 pm

    My favorite self care routine is to attend my Pilates class regularly! I always feel centred and energized after a work out. I adore the Oban Inn!ReplyCancel

  • Saniel11/12/2014 - 1:46 pm

    Food looks very yummy and easy to assemble.
    I practice self care by standing on my porch and taking deep breaths Inhale-taking in all the world is offering me and Exhale out all negative thoughts I put on myself. Curling up with a good book and calming tea helps too. Thanks great giveaway getaway.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 2:11 pm

    The store was out of leeks. Do you think Bok choi would be a fine substitute?
    Laura: Hi Marlee, I just use leeks because I like the mild, sweet onion-ish flavour they provide. I would go for thin slices of a sweeter onion, such as vidalia, and just sauté them a bit longer in the coconut oil. Just until they’re a bit soft. Shallots would work too! Or even some chopped up green onions/chives sprinkled on top of the dal at the end would be fine.

  • Christina11/12/2014 - 2:23 pm

    There are so many ways I practice self-care as we near the holidays; hot tea, freshly baked snacks, and relaxing on the sofa. I think the most important one for me (which is harder to actually do) is getting in that cardio as well!ReplyCancel

  • CdnSyl11/12/2014 - 2:28 pm

    Eeek! I was just recipe dreaming about sweet potatoes and lentils but hadn’t yet figured out how to go about it. So excited to give this a try! I’m Niagara-bound for the holidays so I’ll put in my two cents on self-care: cooking, playing piano, curling up with a good book, and getting as much as exercise outside as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen (@905Foodie)11/12/2014 - 3:01 pm

    Thank you for that recipe. I am starting to experiment with legumes. It looks really good!

    Self care can be tough. I took an unusual twist on it this year. I am completing tasks super early. All my shopping and wrapping is already completed. I still need to clean and decorate – and that will be done tomorrow.

    That means I get to relax in the lead up to Christmas – it’s a pretty amazing gift to me! LOL

    I will be enjoying glasses of wine on the sofa with a kitty on my lap. I will borrow my BFFs dog and take her for walks. My hubby and I will go for a drive out to our favourite cidery for drink, dinner and convo and we simply won’t be stressed! Who knew this could be possible?ReplyCancel

  • SUMMER PLEWES11/12/2014 - 3:31 pm

    I am actually not taking very good care of myself right now. I am mentally exhausted. I try to take baths though and read and I just recently bought a relaxation meditation for mindfullness cd that I need to be listening to.ReplyCancel

  • Ania11/12/2014 - 3:38 pm

    I get together with friends and family as much as possible, because being together is what really makes this season festive!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca@Figs and Pigs11/12/2014 - 3:46 pm

    What amazing colours just beautiful.I need to use more fresh tumeric.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle11/12/2014 - 4:04 pm

    Sweet potato dals have always been one of my favourite base recipes; thanks for a gorgeous variation.

    Self-care for me is returning home to St. Catharines, waking up before the rest of my family, brewing a pot of coffee and heading out for a run in the Escarpment. And then warming up with a cup of said coffee and chatting with my mom on the couch upon return :)ReplyCancel

  • Riley11/12/2014 - 4:07 pm

    That recipe looks deeelicious! During this time of year I try to maintain my physical and mental health by getting good rest, fitting snuggle time in with my man and guinea piggies, and by going to the gym regularly. Bean and veggie soup is also a great pick-me-up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie11/12/2014 - 4:21 pm

    This post is gorgeous — and I especially loved all your links at the end, you’ve been busy girl! That interview was fun to read through, I love your philosophy and outlook and overall personality, and wish I could go grab a cup of coffee with you! Have a great weekend – xoReplyCancel

  • Margaret Brady11/12/2014 - 4:24 pm

    I would love to winReplyCancel

  • Brooklynn11/12/2014 - 4:34 pm

    I love to bake for self-care. Following the structure of a recipe when everything else around me is hectic helps to calm me down.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann11/12/2014 - 4:35 pm

    I am so looking forward to making this dal! But first, time on the floor with my 7 collies, that’s right, just 7 and then, why of course, a bubble bath, then more time on the floor with our collies. Bliss, sweet bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Matt11/12/2014 - 4:37 pm

    I practice self-care through my woodworking. I love getting lost in the details.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany11/12/2014 - 5:23 pm

    This past year I’ve been struggling with eczema and trying a bunch of methods to soothe my skin, one of them being eating better. I find it very rewarding to spend time alone in the kitchen or at my computer, search for and discovering new recipes or new takes on old recipes. I’ve really cleaned up some of my favourite foods and I love discovering new ways of making a food I’ve always eaten even better for me!
    For me this kitchen-therapy has been a two fold for self-care, feeding my body and my soul=)ReplyCancel

  • Eileen11/12/2014 - 6:33 pm

    This dal looks so blissfully orange and warming! You have to love it. Also, as the proud owner of something like six leeks, I am looking forward to the coconut leeks especially! I’m not Canadian, so best of luck to the winner!ReplyCancel

  • Susi Brust11/12/2014 - 6:46 pm

    I will definitely try this dal recipe very soon. During stressful times, I try to get outdoors for a run or at least a brisk walk. Healthy eating helps as well. Susi.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly11/12/2014 - 7:07 pm

    I like to sit back with a glass of red wine for a little self care and relaxation.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight and I licked the bowl clean. Don’t be afraid to try this- it’s officially a weeknight regular on my meal planner. This dish is good for the soul. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Brown11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    At this busy time of year, I make sure to go to a weekly yoga class, as well as putting aside a little time every night to read the novel on my bedside table!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cormier11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    For self care I’ve been starting my mornings with a smoothie made from kale, frozen berries, almond milk and a bit of protein powder. I’ve been trying to walk more and have been keeping track of my steps and sleeping patterns with my Jawbone Up.ReplyCancel

  • Leahanne Alexander11/12/2014 - 9:06 pm

    I schedule time for Christmas movies on the couch with the hubby. Gets us in the spirit, while keeping us from being Grinches. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Elena11/12/2014 - 9:44 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight :) Exactly what I wanted! Bonus – picked up some naan from the indian restaurant to make it even more comforting for this freezing cold night! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda11/12/2014 - 11:24 pm

    Self care I go to hot yoga or take a relaxing epson salt bath with candles & soft music.ReplyCancel

  • Jess R.12/12/2014 - 3:00 am

    The best self-care for me has to involve laughing – I sometimes need call my sister for some giggle/self-care therapy. Thank you for creating this wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

  • Teffy @ Teffy's Perks12/12/2014 - 7:28 am

    Oh wow this looks so delicious! Just showed this to my partner and we are both drooling! This has to happen in my kitchen soon!!

    {Teffy’s Perks} XReplyCancel

  • I’m not eligible for the giveaway, but I’ll chime in anyway. I can identify with eating healthy most of the time (like, really healthy in comparison to most people I know), but feeling like it’s not focused or conscious enough (maybe because I broke down and ordered a pizza this week?). Looking forward to more posts on that, as I turn the big 3-0 this year as well!ReplyCancel

  • Dillon Tisdel12/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    This is my kind of meal. It looks absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen12/12/2014 - 11:32 am

    I like to go for a run at night when all is quiet and peaceful for self careReplyCancel

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  • Sheila Lavell12/12/2014 - 1:07 pm

    My self care routine now includes your Green Drink. I find if I know i have a busy, stressful calendar I have the ingredients in the house to do a wonderful favour for myself. It energizes me and reminds me that I need to take care of myself. As a proud Niagara native too I love your wine country give away and enjoy seeing all your well deserved success.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan12/12/2014 - 1:31 pm

    On days when I would like to relax, I practice self-care by creating my own home spa at the end of the day (facials, manicures, meditative music, etc.).ReplyCancel

  • jennifer12/12/2014 - 8:47 pm

    The sauteed leeks are brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Siren12/12/2014 - 9:14 pm

    Why must you tempt me with the chance of winning fancy lady time? If only Boston were in Canada. My favorite thing to relax with this season is making paper. I collect flowers and leaves over the fall to make them into greeting cards. I love the feeling turning what would be trash into something beautiful.
    The dal looks amazing though. I love the contrast between the dark purple rice and the sunshiny lentils. I’m so making that tonight for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina12/12/2014 - 10:20 pm

    Beautiful recipe.
    When in feeling super indulgent I take a bath with a bath bomb from Lush.ReplyCancel

  • Craig Green12/12/2014 - 10:34 pm

    Self care over the holidays involves running outdoors- fresh air and some daylight always raises spirits! Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie13/12/2014 - 9:21 am

    Christmas self care – watching a classic movie (or two or three)….ReplyCancel

  • Yemie13/12/2014 - 10:10 am

    I practice self care, with my yoga practice. Pranayama, Aasana, and then Meditation. This balance my body and mind and soul.ReplyCancel

  • Laura13/12/2014 - 11:00 am

    I get some fresh air….snow shoeing, hiking, etc. :)ReplyCancel

  • mar13/12/2014 - 12:23 pm

    I will make myself a cup of organic hot chocolate and spices :) i’ll try this recipe sounds deliciousReplyCancel

  • jodye @ whole pure recipes13/12/2014 - 8:26 pm

    It’s a good thing I have plans to go to an Indian restaurant tonight, because I am seriously craving these flavors! The photos are beautiful but, I’m sure, don’t even do justice to how wonderful this dish must be!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Coyne14/12/2014 - 1:16 am

    I head over my local self-care studio for a sauna. Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen14/12/2014 - 7:36 am

    This is such an unbelievably beautiful dish, Laura! Comfort in a bowl without being loaded with fat and sugar. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Justyna14/12/2014 - 10:55 am

    Beautiful recipe, a must-try for me. Practicing self-care involves taking the time each morning to prepare a tasty breakfast and enjoy it while counting my blessings and being eternally grateful for what I have.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin14/12/2014 - 11:16 am

    Love Ontario wine country!
    My self care this time of year includes saying no, getting enough sleep, going to yoga and eating the extra cookie.ReplyCancel

  • Kris14/12/2014 - 11:52 am

    Exercise is my go-to self care strategy. It has the amazing benefit of making you feel good in the moment and keeping the stress lower over the long-term. Add to that the occasional glass of wine, lots of veggies every day, lemon water in the mornings, big belly laughs, and 8 hours of sleep on the regular, and it’s a dream life.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Christine14/12/2014 - 6:25 pm

    I practice self-care a few different ways. I eat well – smoothies almost every morning. I like to mix it up using various fruits and vegetables. And I like to add turmeric to my smoothies like you do! :) I also do yoga – I find it both relaxing and rewarding. And my favourite – massages! I love pampering myself at the spa with a swedish or hot stone massage!ReplyCancel

  • TOva14/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Reflective…and significantly important…thank you for sharing. I too, am working to improve my self care and I find that keeping it at the forefront, on a daily basis has been instrumental in helping me to staying on track. Although it may sound boring, I choose to take a bath/have a quick shower every evening. While bathing, I always reflect on my day, and remind myself of my goals, focusing on my intentions and behaviours on the past day, and the next. I think about and visualize my next day, and set little goals that help me achieve self care. Some days it’s intentionally planning my menu, or focusing on ensuring I make an exercise class. Having a daily shower/moment of reflection helps me stay focused and intentional.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry15/12/2014 - 12:15 am

    Laura – what a lovely post (well, as always from you!), and an amazing giveaway too: I can’t resist entering with a comment – my husband and I spent a couple of nights at the Oban Inn last fall for our wedding anniversary and it was so delightful! You’re right about the potential craziness of this time of year, and also about the means for making it all go a bit better: for me it’s taking time to spend with important people – always the right thing to do, but it can still slip by the wayside when the mentality of that “busy” thing takes over. My husband and I hopped the train to visit my family for a couple of days last week, and last night he and I sat down to a film together (first time in a while!) … these small things (or not so small sometimes) can really give us back our perspective, can’t they? Thanks for the wonderful spirit your blog always conveys.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne15/12/2014 - 11:05 pm

    this was amazing. i just made it. it is exactly my style of meal. you’re great and i will be back again and again for more of your words and combos. thank you for dinner. :)ReplyCancel

  • Austin Bay17/12/2014 - 6:53 pm

    Love this recipe! I need another week night meal to add to my list + the idea of sweet potatoes + coconut oil sounds delicious to me. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Mahee Ferlini17/12/2014 - 9:08 pm

    This looks colorful and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kim17/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Made this a few nights ago – simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • Jaclyn (Cinnamon Street)18/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    These photos are amazing! Recipe looks right up my ally. YUM.

  • Kimberley19/12/2014 - 2:19 am

    I am always so smitten with your clever combos. This is my kinda comfort right here.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Veg Fiend21/12/2014 - 4:06 pm

    So elegant and simple. Jaw-dropping photography. I am utterly inspired by your blogging!ReplyCancel

  • Ava28/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    This recipe is so perfect for a cold Chicago night. I have to thank you for opening up this former “obligate carnivore” to a world of inspiring and simple vegan dishes. I used the green lentils I had on hand, and tossed the leeks with a little quinoa flour and deglazed the pan with a bit of coconut milk to enhance the coconut flavor. It’s perfectly warming and delicious, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany31/12/2014 - 10:29 am

    FYI: you can make this with or without the garam masala. We made it once while looking at the recipe on our tablet (and so it’s not listed on the ingredients list there). And when we made it again I had printed it, and it’s in those instructions.
    Both ways were very tasty!ReplyCancel

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  • Izzy11/01/2015 - 4:13 pm

    Do you have to soak the lentils beforehand??ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Izzy, If you’re using red lentils you don’t need to soak them. A little rinse never hurt, but they cook up so fast that a soak isn’t necessary–definitely one of the reasons I like them so much :)

  • jim11/01/2015 - 4:17 pm

    Great recipe again. Just wondering if it’s OK to freeze and how long it would keep?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Jim, you could definitely freeze this. When I freeze soup/stew of any kind, I always aim to eat it within 2-ish months.

  • Jenny Griffith13/01/2015 - 6:58 pm


    You choose the most beautiful ingredients. Please keep making wonderful recipes. You inspire me.

    -Jenny from Wild Vedic LivingReplyCancel

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  • Julia19/01/2015 - 1:57 pm

    this is such an awesome cheap, easy & nutritious weeknight meal! making it for the 2nd time tonight. rock on Laura!ReplyCancel

  • M25/01/2015 - 6:01 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and it’s phenomenal. So easy to put together and honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Missweb18/04/2015 - 3:04 pm

    can’t stop making this… so good… so, so good. added a can of full fat coconut milk. again, still really good.ReplyCancel

  • Renee21/04/2015 - 8:53 pm

    Been wanting to make this for a while now, and just finished my second bowlful. It is. so. good. Followed pretty much verbatim except for my choice in rice; used basmati. Fantastically easy and cheap, it will definitely be in frequent rotation. My almost 4 year old wolfed it down like nobody’s business. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Gabrielle28/07/2015 - 9:15 pm

    What is served in the bowl alongside of the dal and rice? It looks like cherries, cranberries, walnuts? Whatever it is, it looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Laura05/08/2015 - 11:56 am

      Hey Gabrielle,
      I think you might be referring to the actual rice! I use the black rice from lundberg and when it’s cooked up, it looks all glossy and dark like dried fruit almost!

  • Amy07/10/2015 - 12:48 am

    I made this over the weekend for the week and ate it tonight with forbidden rice. In a word? Yummy, Amazing, Fantastic, Heavenly–take your pick! I can’t wait for the other servings and i will definitely be making this again!ReplyCancel

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  • Samm02/04/2016 - 7:38 pm

    Just made this for dinner. I’m in heaven. Just heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Lis14/04/2016 - 6:31 am

    I love these recipes, however I can’t work out how to print them on one page I keep getting 14 plus pages and its such a waste of ink & paper despite the fact I enjoy reading all the comments. Can someone give me a tip re printingReplyCancel

  • sarah12/09/2016 - 3:29 pm

    My 9 year old son said – ‘mum, this is hellishly good.’ That’s the best review i’ve ever had for a meal i’ve cooked for him, so i am massively chuffed. Look foward to more successes.


  • Luna26/10/2016 - 4:57 pm

    I loved to eat this dish on every Sunday Morning.This dish makes my Sundays special.ReplyCancel

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