Meatless Friday: Indian Dalma with Spinach


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This Lent, is partnering with CRS Rice Bowl by sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Why not try these simple recipes in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world?

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Meatless Friday: Indian Dalma with Spinach (CRS Rice Bowl)

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Dalma with Spinach

  • 1 c water
  • 1½ c pigeon peas or black eyed peas, cooked
  • 1 c pumpkin or butternut squash, cubed
  • ½ c potatoes, cubed
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/3 t turmeric
  • 1 t fair trade olive oil
  • 3 dry red chilis, broken into bits
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • ½ c tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 c spinach, chopped
  • ½ t cumin
  • ¼ t chili powder

Mix pigeon or black eyed peas, pumpkin, potatoes, salt and turmeric in a pan with water. Cook until vegetables are soft—about 15 minutes—and set aside. In a separate pan, heat oil. To the oil, add chilis, cumin seeds and tomatoes. Fry until tomatoes are soft. Add spinach and stir until soft. Combine both mixtures, adding cumin and chili powder (if a spicy dish is desired) and simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve hot over rice.

Makes 4-6 servings


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