This deliciously spicy recipe is from Tom Hunt's book Eating for People, Pleasure & Planet
, an inspiring exploration into the question of what sustainable food really is and a manifesto for how to achieve it while eating healthier and better tasting food.
In this high days and holidays dal from Northern India, enriched with butter and cream, Jenny Chandler
substitutes British whole lentils
and red haricot beans
for the traditional black urad dal and red kidney beans. As Jenny says, "the result is just heaven", perfect as a stand alone main dish with a little rice or a flatbread alongside or great as a player in an indulgent spread.
Split yellow peas
make a wonderfully satisfying dal, prepared in much the same way as the classic chana dal (made with split chickpeas) of India. The peas give a smoother texture than chickpeas but it’s possible to keep a bit of the firmer texture, if preferred, if you keep an eye.
This vegan fava bean biryani is surprisingly easy to make but served from the cooking pot it provides an impressive, delicious and hearty centrepiece for a Kashmiri feast - or makes a satisfying meal in itself.