I don’t know about you, but as soon as the days and nights turn to chill, I dive deep into my closet for my ugg boots, pull out my thick woven wrap around cardi, warm up my heat bag and snuggle under the woollen blanket on the couch.
My body also yearns for warmer foods and cooking over bubbling pots, and this dish is complete comfort warming goodness in a bowl (which is even better the next day!).
I first ate a tamarind dahl when it was cooked for me by my friend’s Sri Lankan mother and I’ve never forgotten it. The tang of the tamarind balanced by the warm spices, is soothing and energising, and it’s uncomplicated to make.
This is a nutrient-dense dish, rich in protein, zinc and iron from the lentils and spinach with Vitamins K and B6 as well as anti-inflammatories in the ginger and turmeric.
And it’s a super tummy-friendly dish! To make it even more tummy-friendly you can soak the lentils for up to 7 hours before using them in water with a dash of apple cider vinegar. This will make the lentils easier for the tummy to absorb and unlock more of their wonderful nutrients.