This version of dhal (or dahl, a dish of Indian origins) with dried fava bean as a main legume, is dense, creamy and fragrant. The delicate bitter taste of dried beans goes perfectly with ginger, garlic, turmeric and cumin. Perfect with homemade naan or rice.
Instructions dried fava bean and spinach dhal
For this recipe I used organic dried fava beans made by Cerreto.
Rinse fava beans under cold running water. Place them in a pot with 3 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the beans are completely cooked and begin to dissolve (me 40 minutes). Turn off the heat and let them cool down.
Heat butter (don’t use for vegan version) and oil. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes (do not let them burn).
Add spices, stir and cook for another minute. At this point add vegetable stock or water and drained spinach. Bring to a boil and add your fava beans.
Stir and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until your dhal has the desired consistency. Taste and adjust with salt if necessary.
Before serving, add a few drops of lemon juice. Serve with homemade naan bread (my recipe here) or rice.
lot of love. B.
This recipe is born thanks to the collaboration with Cerreto – an Italian company that offers its customers high quality organic food products and supplements.