Goal #3 for us this year is to eat more lentils – Butternut Squash Lentils/Dal. Why? They are really good for you. They are full of fiber, iron, protein, phosphorus and magnesium. They are also low in saturated fat and cholesterol. In other words a win-win for us trying to keep my hubby’s cholesterol down. A double bonus, my daughter absolutely loves lentils or in this case dal. In our home Butternut Squash Lentils is simply known as Dal.
I really wasn’t familiar with dal until I met my hubby and he introduced me to one of his favorite comfort meals, dal. Dal is very important in the Parsi culture and is often cooked for auspicious occasions. I started with what they consider an everyday dal, not too spicy, somewhat bland but still flavorful enough to really enjoy. Now I make my own. The first time we fed our daughter dal I thought for sure she would hate it. She LOVED it! She took to it like a fish in water. It makes me wonder how much of the food we like is genetic too. OK, much to introspective for this morning.
It is a lentil dish that is cooked down and pureed and served over rice. My hubby likes his more of a thick gravy consistency, but you can make it more hearty like a chili. I am somewhere in between. I like it to have a little texture to it and not too runny. My daughter doesn’t care. She will eat it anyway I make it and ask for more! I love that I can get some healthy protein in her without any poking and prodding. What more can a Mom ask for? Try it, you will LOVE it too!