Dal Salad

Ayurvedic Dal Salad With Chapatis

Add this healthy Indian salad to your summer menu. Its unique Ayurvedic spice blend contains amla berry powder. Top the salad with a dollop of mint raita or use the yogurt dip with grilled vegetables.

Amla Berries for a Long Life

The Indian gooseberry grows on a sacred tree, is rich in vitamin C, and has been said to support longevity.

Variations

▪ Substitute lentils with 2 cups quinoa.
▪ Substitute tomatoes and cucumber with 1/2-1 cup each of pomegranates and chopped dates.
▪ Add grated cucumber to the Mint Raita.
▪ Add Chapati bread with our recipe (see recipe below).

The Dal Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Fennel, amla berries, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, brown mustard, black pepper, asafoetida, coriander, fenugreek

[2] Mint, cumin, ajowan, asafoetida, chili

Amla Berry
Ayurvedic Dal Salad

Ayurvedic Dal Salad With Chapati

Cuisine Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 cup lentils green or brown
  • 1 onion quartered and sliced
  • 1 carrot halved and sliced
  • 8 oz cocktail tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 English cucumber cubed
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • 1 cup flour wheat, rye, buckwheat, or mixed

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Fennel, amla berries, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, brown mustard, black pepper, asafoetida, coriander, fenugreek
  • Pouch [2] Mint, cumin, ajowan, asafoetida, chili

Instructions
 

Dal Salad

  • Cook lentils according to package instructions until firm.
  • Add onions (except green onions) and carrots for the last 5 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste. Drain and let cool at room temperature.
  • In a SALAD BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice with 1 tsp of the Dal [1] spices and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions. Mix well.
  • Add lentils with onions and carrots. Mix well.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Optionally, add more Dal [1] spices and/ or lemon juice to taste.
  • Let rest for 1/2 to 1 hour.

Mint Raita

  • Optionally, pour the yogurt into a strainer lined with a paper towel and a bowl underneath. Keep it in the fridge for a few hours. The drained yogurt will be wonderfully creamy.
  • In a BOWL, mix yogurt with Dal [2] spices and salt to taste.

Chapatis (optional)

  • In a BOWL, mix the flour, spices, and salt to taste (1/2 tsp recommended) with 3/8 cups of warm water and 1 tsp oil until the dough is pliable.
  • Cover and let rest for 30-60 minutes.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10-20 minutes.
  • Form small balls. Flatten them to patties.
  • Roll the patties out until the dough is very thin, turning each time you roll.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry each chapati for 15-20 seconds on each side. Turn it when brown spots appear underneath.
  • Next, press lightly all over to blow up the chapati.
    Chapati
  • Transfer chapati to a PLATE. Cover them with a kitchen towel until all chapatis are done.

Serve

  • Serve Dal Salad with Mint Raita and optionally chapatis.

Notes

Variations
  • Substitute lentils with 2 cups quinoa.
  • Substitute tomatoes and cucumber with 1/2-1 cup each of pomegranates and chopped dates.
  • Add grated cucumber to the Mint Raita.
Keyword amla berries, asafoetida, fennel, mint, turmeric