The foods that save me: dal in the freezer
Posted by kathryn in Uncategorized
Either Richard or I make dal about once a month. It’s a meal we both love. Usually we make up huge pots of the stuff, eat it for a couple of days and then put the rest in the freezer.
And in my recent super-busy period, having a freezer full of dal was the second food that saved me.
The goodness of dal
Dal is hearty, warming, luscious comfort food. It’s cheap to make, and rich in protein, carbohydrates, minerals and fibre. Basically it’s chockablock full of the goodness of legumes.
And after a long day, when your brain is a bit fried, if you have a dal in the freezer you will still eat well.
Over the last few weeks we’ve
- had our dal straight
- eaten up the too watery batch we made, as soup
- served it with yoghurt and chutney
- had a mini salad of cucumber and tomato on the side
It also helps that Richard and I make our dal in different ways. I tend to favour using mung dal (split mung beans), while Richard oscillates between urad, chana and masoor (split red lentils). I like to mix mine up with cabbage or roasted vegetables, whereas Richard is much more traditional. We use different spice combinations and make the dal in different consistencies.
And while it’s from the freezer, defrosted and re-heated, dal isn’t a second-class meal.
When you’re busy it pays to have some trusty back ups in the freezer. For us it’s dal, but it could also be soup, stews and plenty of other dishes.
These provide instant, nutritious meals when you’re busy – and are worth their weight in gold.
Our dal stocks are now depleted, so cooking a new batch is a job for the long weekend.