On today’s menu, we’re taking a trip to the fragrant, bustling streets of India. With aromatic spices wafting through the air, we can smell the vibrancy and passion this ancient culture uses in their food.
For a mouth-watering, warming meal, perfect for a cozy night on the sofa, you can’t go past this recipe for Creamy Lentil Dhal w/ Quinoa. It's straightforward and easy to whip up, unbelievably tasty and packs a serious punch of goodness for your hair's health!
Creamy Lentil Dahl w/ Quinoa
(Vegan + GF)
- 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 400ml coconut milk
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 6 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded kale
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- Coconut or greek yogurt (Optional)
- A few coriander leaves (Optional)
- Place lentils, coconut milk, vegetable stock (for dhal) and spices into a medium pot.
- Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer (lid on) for 10 minutes.
- While simmering, in a new pot, heat olive oil on medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté until translucent (5 or so mins).
- Add garlic and stir for 1 min or until fragrant.
- Add quinoa and vegetable stock (for quinoa) and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover until almost all water has been absorbed (10 mins).
- Once quinoa has almost absorbed all water, take off the heat and leave to rest (covered) to absorb the rest of the liquid (5-10 mins). Stir and fluff with a fork.
- While quinoa is cooking, the Dhal should have completed its first 10 mins of simmering. Once 10 mins are up, stir, and add broccoli and mushrooms.
- Add a tiny bit more water (if needed) and continue to simmer (lid closed) for another 10 mins.
- Add spinach and kale, stirring until just wilted.
- Serve quinoa first among bowls and then top with Dahl mixture.
- Add a scoop of coconut or greek yogurt on top and scatter over coriander leaves.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Eat and Enjoy!
Ok, ok, we know you're #totes drooling over the computer screen and would love to get into your apron asap, but that isn’t what this blog is about! Keep reading; we’re about to breakdown the hair, loving ingredients this dish boasts!
Lentils, kale, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, cumin, turmeric, quinoa
Wow! This dish certainly packs-a-punch when it comes to Iron! It is imperative to maintain sufficient iron levels in your blood. Not only will this prevent anemia (causing you to become overly tried) but iron-deficiency has also been linked to hair loss!
When your body is iron deficient is basically goes into ‘survival mode’. Your body only channels energy into the absolute most critical bodily functions (directing oxygen to support vital functions such as heart health).
Unfortunately for us #hairlovers, hair health/growth is not one of these essential functions (the body can survive without hair, just ask bald people!), resulting in hair loss.
Cayenne, onions, garlic
These ingredients have been proven to help arteries and veins widen. This allows for blood flow (circulation) to be increased. If circulation is increased, new cells and hair follicles are stimulated and prompted to grow. This is a crucial factor when trying to achieve maximised hair growth.
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