We looooove some curries & dahls around here. You would seriously think we have an Indian or Thai auntie who influences our cooking.
We just love flavorful and easy dishes, and curry flavors are our go-to. I’ll be uploading a few of our all time faves soon (this Coconut Chickpea Dahl being one of them).
Oh, and also… our Instant Pot. It’s been a really cool addition to our kitchen over the past year. Now keep in mind, that not everything takes an “instant” (lol, yes I was upset when I found out that not everything cooks in an instant), but it’s a great kitchen investment. Now when I make soups, all I do is throw it all in the Instant Pot and press the SOUP button. I walk away and 30 minutes later it’s fully cooked.
Back to this Coconut Chickpea Dahl. I was first introduced to Dahl when my gf, Yvonne Ardestani, who is a vegan chef, made it when she was in Las Vegas visiting me. I LOVED how easy, yet how flavorful this dish was. I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of it before!
Growing up I never tasted any global flavors. The most global dish I had as a child was probably pizza. ???? I am really grateful that we had a huge garden and fresh veggies in our home, but specialty spices were not something used often in the country towns of North Carolina.
It’s really interesting to think back as I feed Lily new foods and I realize I never tried the same things she is trying when I grew up… Like avocados! I never tried an avocado until I was out of high school. Pretty wild huh?
Anyways, I am very happy that I have expanded my palate and I now enjoy all types of global flavors. (Except spicy… Spicy and I do not jive). ????
So real quick, before y’all get to cooking, let’s talk about why this Coconut Chickpea Dahl is the bomb.
We know this recipe has TONS of fiber, but the thing that really gets me excited is the spices.
The warming spices in this Dahl are incredibly heath promoting AND they are a true beauty food.
Curry is a blend of many spices, with one of the main ingredients in this blend being Turmeric.
Turmeric is the goddess of spices. It’s so good for basically everything – treating acne, acting as pain pills, reducing inflammation, and studies show that it may be helpful in preventing alzheiners.
So for my beauty lovers, did you know how great curry is for your skin? Curry is well known for keeping skin clear and free of acne. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can ease redness and the size of pimples.
Have any of you ever made a Turmeric face mask? I may be trying that one soon!
Instant Pot Coconut Chickpea Dahl
- 1 Cup Dried Red Lentils
- 1 15 ounce can Chickpeas drained & rinsed
- 1 sweet onion chopped
- 2 15 ounce cans Coconut Milk
- 1 Tsp Garlic chopped
- 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp Ginger ground
- 1 Tsp Turmeric ground
- 1 Tsp Cumin ground
- 1 Tsp Coriander ground
- 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
- Black Pepper
- Handful Baby Spinach
- Salt optional
- 1 Cup Veggie broth
Add all ingredients (except spinach and salt) to the Instant Pot.
Press the "Soup" button and let it do it's thang. ???? (This will take about 30 minutes.)
Once cooked, stir in spinach and add salt if needed.