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Curtis Stone's Cauliflower & Spinach Dal
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Curtis Stone's Cauliflower & Spinach Dal

1 hr 30 mins (10 mins)
Serves 6
Daal is both the Indian word for dried split legumes (such as lentils and peas) and the name of a stew made with these foods. 
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbs finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 450g (about 2 cups) yellow or green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets 170g fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves Steamed brown basmati rice, for serving
  1. Heat a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, then add onions and cook, stirring often, for about 5 mins, or until tender. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chilli and cook for about 1 min, or until fragrant. Add ground coriander, cumin and cayenne, if using. Stir often for about 5 mins to toast spices.
  2. Stir in peas and enough water to cover, about 6 cups. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 45 mins, or until peas are tender.
  3. Add cauliflower, cover again, and cook, stirring occasionally, and adding more water as needed to adjust thickness to your desired consistency, for about 35 mins, or until cauliflower is falling apart and mixture thickens slightly. Add spinach, and stir until wilted.
  4. Spoon dal into bowls or onto platter with rice. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve.

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