Red Lentil Dal & Chai Smoothies!

Oh sweeet, I can made Indian food!  So yumz!  I found this recipe for spicy red lentil spread (or dal) and then found a deeeelightful Indian curry sauce from World Market to use with it.   Reallyy easy to make, and works great as an appetizer/side dish with naan bread (also found at World Market), or as a main course, over basmati rice.

Mine came out more like a traditional dal, rather than a spread (prob because I skipped the cornmeal from this recipe)..seems tastier this way.

Dal Grocery List:

  • Bag of red lentils
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Spicy & Tangy curry sauce
  • Basmati rice or naan bread

Yummy optional extras:

  • Tomatoes (and other veggies)
  • Cilantro
  • Cottage cheese

*Be sure to pick up red lentils, over the brown or green variety..they cook quickly and turn into mush (using a potato masher helps).

Here is another yummy recipe for healthy red lentil dal, as well as this one.  Using a sauce, like the one I found at World Market, will give it even mooore flavor, and you can still add all of the other ingredients listed.

I needed something sweet to accompany all these glorious bold flavors! ..Helloo Chai smoooothiiiee.  Keeping with the spice theme, this sweet picke-me-up was the perfect compliment to the meal.

All it takes is a few Chai tea bags boiled in water, couple frozen bananas (you could skip the bananas and use ice instead), a few scoops of vanilla yogurt (I like to use Light n Fit’s double protein vanilla Greek kind), splenda (optional), and I added a spoonful or two of peanut butter to mine….because I strongly feel that peanut butter goes with, um, EVERYTHING.  Interesting combo of flavors, but it was sOoOoOo good.  And I added lots of cinnamon and ginger spice.

Chai Smoothie Grocery List:

  • Chai tea bags (I microwaved 3 in a mug of water)
  • 2-3 frozen bananas (or just ice, if bananas aren’t really your thing)– I de-skin and roll in tinfoil before freezing
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Splenda/sugar of choice..or none at all..
  • Cinnamon spice
  • Ginger spice
  • Peanut butter (unless that’s toooo many flavuhs for ya!)
  • Vanilla Almond Milk if it’s too thick

Red Lentil Dal..










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