Garam Masala Lentils

I've always been curious about garam masala. It certainly sounds interesting and tasty.

It's similar to a curry. A blend of spices. But it's less complex than a curry blend. It's usually used as a starting point and additional spices are added.

I got some as a gift and decided to try it with lentils and barley in a curry.

If you like curry and haven't yet tried adding garam masala, you should. It's easy to get online. It adds a whole new level of depth.

I love lentils in a curry because they need a lot of flavor and they bring texture as well as thickening properties. You don't want a loose or watery curry.

I made a huge batch. This yielded 2.5 quarts of food. So you may want to halve the measurements.

1 red bell pepper, diced
2 poblano peppers, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
2 serranos, minced
5 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup dry pearl barley
1 can coconut milk
3 heaping spoonfuls of my hari…

Ginger Lime Black Bean Pepper Salad Vegan Recipe

This recipe is all about the dressing. Fresh vegetables really sing when you give them the loving embrace of a good dressing.

The perfect dressing has a delicate balance of acid, oil, spice, heat and herb. It coats its components in a rich and lively liquid that awakens and enhances all their inherent flavors.

When I first started creating vegan recipes I came up with a black bean and corn salad with lime and hot sauce dressing. It was pretty simple, but it tasted really good.

It was very mexican influenced. This is a refinement of that original idea. It's much more Thai inspired. Ginger, lime and garlic come together in perfect vegan harmony.

Dressing
2 limes, zest and juice
2 inches freshly grated ginger
4 cloves grated garlic
3 tbls olive oil
2 tsps hot sauce
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry basil

Salad
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups assorted bell peppers, diced
1/4 cup poblano, diced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 a serrano, minced, optional

Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl, except oil. Slowly whisk that in to the rest. Toss salad components into the dressing. Allow to chill for a bit in the fridge.