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Red Onion Jam with Dhal

Red Onion Jam with Dal by The Culinary ChaseBaby it’s cold outside! We’ve been having a pleasant Maritime November but today the mercury dipped, no wait, it took a nose dive. It’s days and evenings like this that I just want a blanket wrapped around me, plunk myself in front of the television while consuming a bowl of hot soup.

  While dhal isn’t a soup (more like a stew), it’s thick, hearty and healthy! Top this with red onion jam and your taste buds are in for a treat!  Dhal is the Indian word for lentil and is usually made with spices and onions.  If you like lentils, then you’ll enjoy smokey tomato and lentil soup.  This dhal, however, could not shine quite as brightly without the help of the onion jam.  It’s the perfect delicious crowning which made me want to bite my spoon.

Serves 4 to 6
adapted from Ripe

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium red onions, diced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 cups red lentils, picked through and rinsed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 star anise pods

red onion by The Culinary Chase1. Place butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.

2. Stir in the brown sugar, curry powder, and vinegar. Let cook for a few seconds, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until thick and jammy, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add lentils, ginger, star anise, and 6 1/2 cups cold water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook 30 to 40 minutes, uncovered, until thick, loose, and porridge like, stirring occasionally.  Discard the star anise. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide the dhal among serving bowls and spoon red onion jam (warm if necessary) on top. Refrigerate any leftover jam.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
Dhal can be quite bland on its own but jazzed up with a generous dollop of onion jam and you’ll be licking the bowl clean!

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!


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