Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WIAW - Baby Dahl

In the morning I started preparing Dahl for the baby's lunch. Closer to evening (tues), my eating out plans changed. It was cold, wet and miserable ... this kind of day calls for some warm spicey food, Keema Alu, a long time favourite and easy to make.

Both of these recipes call for cumin, turmeric, coriander spices. Coincidence?, Non. It was cold and wet and instincts called. These spices are known for their therapeutic value hence, Ayurvedic Spices. "Combining spices to offer the benefits of synergy and balance is an integral part of ayurvedic cooking."

Dahl for the baby from one of my favourite baby cook books by Lizzie Vann:

1tblsp of vegetable oil, 1 small onion, 1/2tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground coriander or cumin seeds, 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed, 1 carrot, finely chopped, 1/25 water, small handful of cabbage.

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add the onion and fry gently until soft. Mix in spices and cook for another 2 minutes. Enjoy the smells.
Add the lentils, carrot and water and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils are soft and dahl has smooth consistency. Add the cabbage and cook for another 5 minutes (i didnt have any cabbage). Serve to baby. Store extra in freezer!

Introduce baby to some yummy spices and a good source of iron and protein!

Keema Alu, or simply ground beef, potatoes with spices. Notice the spices, ginger, garlic ... all great preventative illness type ingredients.

Recipe from my another go to book: Joy of Cooking. pg. 720

Cumin, Turmeric, Cinnamon and ZOE vegetable oil, these are  essential items on my spice rack. What are yours?


  1. Baby cool! How did the little one respond? Was this your baby's first taste of these spices?

  2. I haven't had anything like that before, it sounds really good!

  3. Hi! This looks yummy! I'm still new to cooking and have recently made my first successful chicken curry. Normally, I just buy the curry powder or paste but it may be time to start mixing my own spices. I'm currently only comfy with rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, S&P. Nothing experimental or exotic.. this post is inspiring me to start trying..

  4. This dish sounds and looks so delicious. I love that spice combination! Happy Thursday, sunshine

  5. Can big kids eat baby dahl too? I want some!!!!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  6. Looks like you were busy in the kitchen!! I agree...cold weather calls for comfort food!


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