This one-dish curry is a perfect dish to have on hand when the fire’s cozily crackling and guests are lingering. It takes just minutes to prepare and no time to cook. Serve ladled over steaming forbidden black rice, it’s comfort in a bowl. Plus, it’s low on dishes too!
Add some more wow
Break out some additional colourful veggies for this dish. Add broccolini spears to simmering rice near the end of cooking just until bright green but still crisp. Using tongs, remove and set aside. Then serve curried dal over rice with broccolini placed on top of each serving. Make it even more visual and tastefully delicious with halved cherry or grape tomatoes and wedges of lime.
Join the nobility
Black rice is called “forbidden rice” because it was, at one time, grown only for aristocracy. It’s available in most fine food stores. Substitute with risotto or quinoa, if you wish.
In cold water, rinse and drain rice several times. Place drained rice in medium saucepan with 3 cups (750 mL) fresh cold water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes, or until water is fully absorbed. Some of the rice grains may sprout during cooking.
In large, heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add cumin and mustard seeds and sauté until they begin to pop, about 1 minute. Immediately add onion, ginger, turmeric, and ground cumin. Add a splash of water and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until onion is soft but not browned. Stir in diced tomatoes and their juices, 4 cups (1 L) stock, lentils, and cinnamon stick and bring to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally, adding a little more stock for a thinner consistency. Stir in coconut cream for added richness, if you wish. Cover and continue simmering for a few more minutes, or until piping hot. Remove cinnamon stick and stir in lime juice and maple syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
To serve, place scoops of black rice in individual serving bowls and ladle curried dal overtop. Serve sprinkled with toppings of choice.
You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.
Tender tofu and fresh-tasting mango sauce combine to make a nutritious, Japanese-style dessert with little effort. But don’t worry: your dessert will not taste beany. Silken soft tofu has a rather neutral flavour. The key here is to use blocks of very soft tofu as opposed to firm or extra-firm versions. Silken tofu is undrained and unpressed tofu. It has the highest water content of all types of tofu and is made by coagulating soy milk without curdling it. It’s ultra-soft texture means it can be easily blended with other ingredients and used to boost protein numbers in puddings, cakes, tarts, ice cream, and even smoothies.
Fool is a classic English dessert made, traditionally, by folding a stewed fruit into a creamy, sweet custard. This modern take adds layers of sweet pumpkin flavour and swaps out much of the cream for higher-protein Greek yogurt. The crunchy chocolate topping is a special finishing touch. Beat it It’s the fat in cream that helps trap air bubbles that make it light and fluffy. If it gets too warm, the fat melts and the air escapes. Start with a cold bowl and beaters (or a cold balloon whisk, if you’re whipping by hand). Put your bowl (ideally a stainless one) and beaters in the freezer for 15 minutes before whipping. They’ll chill easily and help keep everything cool during the whipping process.
Blondies are basically “blonde brownies.” There is no cocoa or melted chocolate in the batter of a blondie. Here, the nutritionally lacklustre all-purpose flour is swapped out for puréed beans for a higher dose of protein. The end result is just as tender and chewy without any noticeable bean flavour. A great potluck dessert option, too. If desired, chopped nuts can be used instead of chocolate chips. Squeeze play To easily fit a piece of parchment paper into a baking dish, run it under cold water for a couple of seconds, scrunch it up, and then squeeze out the excess moisture. Now it will effortlessly form into the pan.