Split Pea-Spinach Dal with Cauliflower

  • portland Posted: 11/01/09
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    this dish was so easy to make. it is tasty and the whole family liked it. i served it with pita quarters and homemade pickles, which added a good crunch and slight zing to the dal without overpowering it. i did not have fresh spinach so i defrosted frozen spinach squeezed dry.

  • mjmayinsf Posted: 04/20/10
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    One of my favorite CL recipes ever. SO flavorful and delicious. I served with brown rice and garlic naan from Whole Foods. Will make this one over and over...nice to have a flavorful and satisfying vegetarian option to add into the rotation.

  • schmeganator Posted: 05/26/10
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    WOW. Probably one of the best indian-style dishes I have ever made. I used green split-peas because that's what the store had and it was DIVINE. It turned out so creamy and delicious. Perfect spices. Truly satisfying (and healthy!)

  • tracykritz Posted: 07/09/11
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    I didn't even have all of the ingredients and had to improvise and it still turned out wonderfully. Great, easy recipe.

  • laura5w Posted: 02/14/12
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    This was my first time making Indian food and it turned out perfectly! Like another reviewer, I didn't have all the spices and improvised a bit and it still turned out great (ex: ground mustard for mustard seeds, regular cumin for cumin seeds). I served it with whole wheat naan and couscous. Although it's not the fastest meal I've ever made, it was well worth the effort!

  • KCSeattle Posted: 01/15/12
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    Delicious! Everyone in my house loved it. Will definitely make again. Would even be good with some yukon gold potato.

  • GayleR Posted: 06/19/12
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    Greenville, NC

    We loved this. I don't like a lot of heat so I reduced the red pepper to 1/8 teaspoon, which was just right for us.

  • jmscoker Posted: 02/15/12
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    I'm new to Indian flavors and this was a little spicy for us. I loved the base flavor, but I might reduce the brown mustard seed and ground red pepper next time.We served over jasmine rice.

  • anmarit Posted: 03/25/12
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    I LOVE the flavorings in this dish!!!!

  • dmloss Posted: 08/06/12
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    This was excellent! I didn't have cumin or brown mustard seed so I used 1/2 tablespoons of ground cumin and 2 tablespoons of dry mustard after looked up how to substitute. I would definitely make again!

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 07/22/12
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    This was very good, though I think if I were to make it again I would use more cauliflower, as it seemed to just melt into the split peas and its flavor was barely detectable. But the seasonings were great. I usually end up adding a lot more than called for in CL recipes, but this one was pretty spot on for my tastes.

  • EllenDeller Posted: 03/12/12
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    I'd serve this at any Indian meal, and it made a great weeknight dish because I cooked the yellow split peas the previous night. Followed the recipe except for doubling the ginger and red pepper, and using 1 cup of broth instead of water for extra flavor. After removing onions from pan, I added a bit of broth to the pan and cooked some chopped red bells and green peas in the residue of the seasoning. Served everything with basmati rice, a small piece of nan, and plain yogurt mixed with cilantro, minced jalapeno, and corriander.

  • saracat Posted: 06/30/12
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    We really enjoyed this dish. I found that it cooked much faster than the recipe called for; my split peas were tender in just 20 minutes and my cauliflower was done in 15. I was so happy to see a Cooking Light recipe that used large quantities of spices. I made as written, but next time I would reduce the salt and add a fresh jalapeno or serano pepper. I suggest doubling the recipe if you plan to serve as a main dish, as there is no way this would serve six without other dishes. That being said, it was perfect and filling for my family of three.

  • Vicuska Posted: 06/09/13
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    The dish had a great blend of flavors, everyone enjoyed it in the family. I would use a bit of less cumin and more cauliflower next time though. I did not have spinach, but I can imagine that it would have further improved the Dal. All in all, it is an easy to make, healthy, yummy comfort dish which I will make regularly.

  • Alexruzicka Posted: 08/22/13
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    I only had frozen peas so I used those and this was wonderful compliment to the rest of the Indian spead I made. Not great the next day as the flavors didn't build with time, they faded.

  • chef1greg Posted: 08/11/13
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    This is an excellent dish, and perfect for gluten-free, dairy-free diets (substitute the butter out). It's very easy to make. I left out the mustard seeds, and it's awesome. Made it twice in the past 2 weeks and plan on making it again.

  • itravel Posted: 02/01/14
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    I only had green split peas as others are hard to find. Based on other reviews I doubled the cauliflower and reduced the cumin. I noticed the spices on a whole are equivalent to curry powder so next time I might try that. Nevertheless, the spices worked well and this stew was very good with some crusty bread. I would make this again.

  • mariamc1264 Posted: 02/09/14
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    Excellent dish. I made it exactly according to the recipe and it is delicious. Perfect for "meatless Monday" with a side of brown rice. Also, very low in net carbs, so it is perfect for my diabetic diet.

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