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Southeast Asian Kitchen: Dhal

Southeast Asian Kitchen is a Tablecrafter series on cooking dishes inspired by the different regional cuisines in Southeast Asia.


The eponymous Indian lentil stew combines the richness of coconut milk and robust spices used in the region. Usually paired with the roti canai or steamed rice, its complexity shines through in every meal. Everyday ingredients coupled with intense aromatic spices combine to make the flavorful vegetarian fare. Don't let its lack of conventional protein sources let you think that this dish lacks substance. These lentils contain a respectable amount of protein for everyday fare.

Dhal

Yield: 3 cups, estimated
Time: 50 minutes (10 min prep / 40 min cooking)
 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red lentils, picked through
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 3 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder, optional
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1½ cups water or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Procedure:

  1. Sauté the onions over medium heat with the vegetable oil until translucent, about four minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.
  2. Add the tomatoes and spices. Stir for three minutes.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add more liquid if necessary. Serve with roti canai or white rice.

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Smoothie Sunday: Double Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Smoothie Sunday is a Tablecrafter series on creating flavorful blended beverages.


Do you remember when you were younger and your mom said you couldn't have chocolate for breakfast? Well, now you can. Having desserts for breakfast doesn't have to be a pipe dream anymore—but with a few exceptions. Coupling intense dark cocoa and sweet white chocolate with oats make for a decadent breakfast smoothie. Our double chocolate smoothie definitely packs a punch, say goodbye to those mid-morning hunger pangs with this blend. What are you waiting for? Get blending!

Double Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Yield: 2–3 servings
Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 large banana, frozen and sliced
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp white chocolate, melted

Procedure:

  1. Soak the oats for 15 minutes with a cup of the soy milk.
  2. Using a blender, mix the bananas, half of the soaked oats, half a cup of soy milk, the white chocolate, and a teaspoon of honey.
  3. Fill your glass halfway with the white chocolate mixture.
  4. In another blender, mix the remaining soaked oats, half a cup of soy milk, a teaspoon of honey, and cocoa powder.
  5. Fill the remaining half of your glass with the cocoa mixture.

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