Cauliflower Dal

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Cauliflower Dal

A dal is an Indian stew made from lentils or beans. This flavorful version uses panch phoran, a whole spice blend containing equal parts of fenugreek, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and nigella seeds. You can find this blend in well-stocked spice shops, Indian markets, or online.
Servings: 4


  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil canola oil would work fine as well
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable stock*
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 TBSP tumeric
  • 1 1/2 TBSP panch phoran
  • 1/2 TBSP crushed red pepper or aleppo pepper optional
  • 1 jalepeno or other chile minced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced (you could also use canned diced tomatoes)
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Toss cauliflower florets with 1 TBSP coconut oil, salt and pepper and roast in oven for 15-20 minutes
  • Heat remaining TBSP of coconut oil on medium high heat; add panch phoran and stir until seeds begin to pop
  • When seeds begin to pop, add onion and saute for 3-5 minutes
  • Add chile and garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • Add broth, lentils and tumeric and bring to boil
  • Cook at a simmer until lentils are soft and breaking apart, about 20 minutes
  • Add roasted cauliflower to lentils and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes until mixture and flavors are well combined
  • Season with salt, pepper, and chile flakes to taste and serve alone or over rice, garnished with cilantro


* I like Better Than Boullion No Chicken Base
Adapted from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

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