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Vegan Indian Dal Chili! You are going to love this masala spiced chili. Vegan and Gluten-free.
Chili, forever. ❤︎
That’s my motto this time of year. Chilly temperatures have me dreaming of chunky socks, oversize sweatshirts and an overflowing bowl of chili. Maybe a side of cornbread, if we’re getting really specific.
Looking back over the last few years, I’ve done chili a lot of ways. In the slow-cooker, with white beans, pumpkin, beer, over polenta and smothered in cheese. Um, I really, really love it.
This isn’t your traditional chili; it’s chili meets Indian take-out. Urad dal and kidney beans in a fragrant, masala tomato sauce. If you love cumin, ginger and curry powder, you are going to love this chili.
I’m using urad dal beans here, which you may be familiar with if you frequent Indian food joints weekly, like me. If not, you can likely find them at your local Whole Foods bulk-bin section, International Market or online. Honestly, I find myself buying more and more ingredients online. Thanks to Amazon prime, it’s so easy to get difficult-t0-find ingredients right to my house in less than 48 hours. No driving, searching or disappointment when I can’t find what I need after the third grocery store stop.
If you’re making this one, try to find the urad dal, it’s worth it! They have a great bite and don’t lose their shape like other lentils do when cooked for a long time. But, if you really can’t find them, sub in black lentils instead.
Hello comforting bowl of spice! Packed with so much fiber and protein, this is one filling chili.
I’ve only known chili for what it is- a thick stew that’s sometimes served with cornbread. BL, however, considers chili to be a topping for elbow noodles or rice. Is this some midwest thing I don’t know about? If you prefer a heartier meal, serve this chili on top of basmati right, with maybe a piece of naan on the side. (Note: I will try and find a reason to have naan served with every meal.)
If you do go this route, feel free to decrease the water to 2 cups for a thicker stew.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Vegan Indian Dal Chili Author: Alex Caspero Vegan Indian Dal Chili! You are going to love this masala spiced chili. Vegan and Gluten-free.
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Looks so good. Can you tell us how much that makes, servings?
The green lentil is called Green Moong dal, not Urad dal.
Thank you Swati!
When do you add the beans and dal back in?
Just updated it- sorry! Add with the water and tomatoes.
Dal is one of my favorite indian dishes,this is absolutely comfort and healthy food! Thank you!
Thanks Andrea! Glad you liked it.
This looks excellent. I would love to try. How many servings does this make? Also, I do not see the point in the recipe where you add the tomatoes, spices, etc. into the beans. Do you mix them together at the end or mix them when you add the tomatoes and let them cook? Thank you!
Hi Janice, sorry for that- I’ve updated the recipe now. This makes 4-6 servings.