Friday, September 25, 2009

Dhal, two ways.

Presented with a nearly empty fridge and a lack of motivation to walk to the shop, I turn to the pantry, rummaging around to see what needs using up. This week, I came across some moong dhal, or split mung beans, that we've had for a while and not really known how to use. I decided to make dhal with brown rice, full of protein and complex carbohydrates.

Moong dhal, red lentils, spinach and tomatoes came together with some nice Indian-ish spices and made a really hearty, filling dinner.

But I accidentally made a lot, probably enough for two Andy-and-me sized meals. Since I was home alone and did not feel like eating cold dhal, nor like heating it up on the stove, I thought I should come up with a creative use for the leftovers. So the next day, I added some oats and some gluten flour for dhal burgers. I decided to bake them, and while the oven was on I also baked some fresh bread rolls.

Burgers and bread with vegan mayo and some cucumber--yum.

8 comments:

Vegetation said...

Mmmmm I love dahl. I also love that you made it into burgers!!!

Susan said...

Great leftover idea, the burgers look fantastic! I too am a lover of dhal. There is something so simple and comforting about it.

Bianca said...

Dhal burgers sound like the best thing ever! I love how you can make a veggie burger out of any leftover bean and grain combo.

Liz² said...

Brrrilliant, I gotta try this. I have jars of mung that I never seem to cook because I know I won't want it cold, actually. Burgers are so much better!

Vaala said...

Sounds like a great way to use up leftovers. I've really got to try cooking dhal more often and it's good to know you can turn the leftovers into something quite different.

Pomegranate said...

So inventive! Thanks for the idea!

BrisVegan said...

Yum, those burgers are a great idea.

Amy said...

I just made a great dish with moong dal yesterday. You pre-soak the dal and cook it along with basmati rice, cauliflower, peas, spinach, a tomato, and Indian spices, including a healthy dose of cardamom. Let me know if you want the recipe.