Recipe: Lentil Dahl Quinoa Tacos

I didn’t really grow up in a family that cooked a lot, so I taught myself most of my cooking skills in my late 20s. My grandmother was a wonderful cook, who did all things with big love. She continues to be my inspiration.

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Recipe: Lentil Dahl Quinoa Tacos

(yields about 5 good-size tacos)

Lentil Dahl:

Ingredients
1 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 Tsp Fenugreek seeds
2 Cups purified, clean filtered water
.5 Cup dry Red Lentils (no need to soak these babies)
1/4 Tsp Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 Tsp Cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. In a sauce pan melt the ghee on medium heat.
2. Add the fenugreek seeds and saute until they pop. (watch out they can burn quickly)
3. Add water into the pan and allow it to become hot.
4. Add Red Lentils to the pan and stir the ingredients together.
5. Cook on low/medium heat for 20 t0 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add Coriander, Turmeric, Cumin, Salt and Pepper to the mixture and mix well.


Dry-Roasted Quinoa

Ingredients
1/4 Cup of Organic Quinoa
1 Cup of purified, clean filtered water

Directions
1. Add Quinoa to a dry (unoiled) skillet.
2. Allow quinoa to dry roast on medium heat until it begins to make popping or crackling sounds. (it may burn easily, so make sure to stir it a couple of times)
3. Once popping sounds start, pour water onto the quinoa, put lid on, and bring to a boil.
4. Once at a boil, reduce temperature and allow quinoa to simmer. Keep the lid on. When all the water has evaporated/absorbed, the quinoa is done. It should be somewhat fluffy and the grains will be somewhat clear when they are cooked. Approximately 25-30 minutes.


Cooked Squash and Bell Peppers or other Seasonal Veggies

I usually go for zucchini and bell peppers, because they are my absolute favorites. But try other seasonal veggies that you love: eggplant, yellow squash, carrots..

Directions
1. Slice and dice the veggies.
2. Add 1/4 Cup of clean water to a sauce pan on medium heat.
3. Add veggies!
4. Season with your favorite Ayurvedic Churna or sprinkle the same Lentil Dahl seasoning: Coriander, Turmeric, Cumin, Salt and Pepper.
5. Cook for around 7 minutes, until the veggies are soft but not falling apart.


Tacos!

1. Warm home-made or good quality store-bought tortillas in the oven on 250 for a few minutes.
2. Remove the tortillas and evenly fill with Lentil Dahl, Quinoa, and seasoned veggies.
3. Add spring mix, avocado slices, organic hot sauce, sour cream, or whatever else you love in your delicious tacos!
4. Enjoy!


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