Hello, Dal-lin!

Lemme just say, I LOVE Indian food!!! It was Indian food that inspired me to go vegetarian almost 15 years ago, and the spicy, hearty cuisine is still my very favorite food in the world. Last night, I made the Masoor Dal from The Vegan Table:

As much as I adore Indian food, can ya'll believe I've never had red lentils until now? I know, crazy, right? The dish is simply red lentils, onion, garlic, coriander, and cumin. Easy and so, so tasty. Red lentils are my new fave — they cook faster and taste better.

I ate my lentils with a batch of Puliogare Rice (or Tamarind Rice) with local squash and zucchini:

Puliogare rice sounds all fancy, but it's actually just brown rice mixed with a bit of this instant tangy, spicy rice seasoning powder I picked up at the Indian Bazaar store in Memphis:

And yea, I know squash and zucchini aren't exactly Indian food, but I had some local veggies that needed usin', and I felt like the rice could use a little color. Here's my whole satisfying plate:

By the way, if you missed yesterday's post, I'm hosting a MixMyGranola giveaway. Check out this post and leave a comment about your dream granola. I'll choose a random winner next Wednesday.