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indian lentil curry with spinach

Indian lentil curry with spinach is a dish I make regularly when I cook Indian. It’s flavourful, nicely spiced and healthy. It’s even vegan and gluten-free. It combines classic Indian spices, onion, ginger, garlic and a bit of green chili with red lentils and spinach. A bit of tomato rounds it out. Masoor dal with palak would be the Indian name. I doubt you’ll find it on a menu anywhere though. This is homestyle cooking.

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chana masala

Chickpeas. Indian spices. Tomatoes. Chilies. Onions, garlic and ginger. Sound good? It is. This isn’t the most conventional chana masala but I’m going by the literal translation so I think I’m safe. Chana is Hindi for  chickpea and masala means spiced or spice mixture. I have chickpeas. I have spice. I’m calling it chana masala. I think I’m safe.

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panzanella – tuscan tomato bread salad

Panzanella is a tuscan tomato bread salad from the land of endless summer. If you like tomatoes and you like bread you owe it to yourself to try it at least once.

Where I live tomatoes are trucked for miles in winter. I think they’re tomatoes. That what the sign says. The taste says nothing. Nothing. Dust. In summer though, picked at the peak of ripeness from nearby farms the tomato is a magical thing. For me, it just screams summer and I work them into almost every meal for as long as they last.

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