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Kali Dal (Indian Black Lentils) Recipe

Kali Dal (Indian Black Lentils)

03.10.10 by Jackie

The flavor combination of kali dal ("black lentils" in Urdu) is simple: black lentils, ginger and a few chiles to enhance the flavors. In this case, simple is beautiful. The dal is finished with a hint of acidity and tartness with dried mango powder. It is both tasty and healthy, especially if you're on a vegetarian diet and need the protein.

Since I'm married to a vegetarian, I have had to educate myself about how to create nutritious meals that are meat-free. What I learned is that the basis of any well-balanced vegetarian meal is a starch and a legume. This isn't too surprising; almost every culture has a combination like this, be it rice and beans, rice and tofu or bread and chickpeas. I've personally come to really enjoy rice and dal, which is the Indian version of this combination. Black dal in particular have a wonderful earthy, complex flavor that is hard to describe and impossible to forget. At the very least, try them the next time you go to an Indian restaurant, or better yet, make them at home. It's definitely worth the effort.


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Mango Mushroom Pizza  Recipe

Mango Mushroom Pizza

01.21.09 by Jackie

Our favorite pizzeria is a local chain called Pizz'a Chicago.  The pizzas are named after Chicago landmarks and notable personalities, and are made with a wide range of ingredients.  I'm sure there's an Obama-inspired pizza in the making.  I had so much fun recreating the Inaugural luncheon that maybe I should try my hand at it as well!

Our favorite pizza there is the Joliet Jake. It's a vegetarian pizza with shitake, portobello, button and cremini mushrooms with dried apricots. Instead of apricots, I substituted dried, cubed mango, papaya and pineapple that I had leftover from my holiday fruitcake baking. When I make this pizza at home, I typically substitute dried mango in for the apricots.  It's a common snack food in my house, and I think it tastes better than apricots. 

My father-in-law is allergic to mushrooms, so there was more for everyone else!  Just kidding.   I always make a separate olive and cheese pizza just for him.  I'll put that recipe up soon.


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