Simple, healthy, and delicious, this red lentil dal is the perfect addition to any Indian-inspired meal.
With this recipe, you can easily turn a meal of rice and curry into a multi-course Indian feast. Red lentils break down quickly and easily and absorb the subtle flavors of the spices with which they're simmered. A final step, sizzling Vanns Cumin Seeds in a few tablespoons of butter before whisking them into the soup, adds a surprising punch of flavor at the end.
Serves 6-8 as an accompaniment to a larger meal. Adapted from The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking.
Hummus isn't the only bean-based dip that's easy to make at home -- this red-lentil based spread is a vegetarian version of kibbe, a Lebanese dish that takes many forms, but always involves bulgur wheat and a mix of delicious spices.
A fairly simple set of ingredients combines with a blend of Vanns spices to create a complex and hearty dish that your guests might not even realize is vegetarian. A perfectly poached egg on top means this dish can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner.
Cumin and a blend of other spices add complexity to this carrot and lentil soup that is surprisingly simple to prepare.
A simple lentil, vegetable, and herb salad, jazzed up with the addition of cumin and sumac.
There’s a small restaurant chain in Los Angeles called Zankou Chicken that is well known for its super secret chicken shawarma recipe, which is crispy and juicy and beautifully spiced and comes with a crazy-good garlic sauce that will make your breath reek for at least the next few hours if not days.
A simple but perfectly balanced lentil soup, great for lunch with a slice of buttered crusty bread.
Both of these recipes are kind of magical -- they take super simple ingredients like water, flour, butter, salt, and Vanns Smoked Spanish Paprika and turn them into beautiful, impressive golden brown focaccia and a deeply orange-red, perfectly flavored smoked paprika butter to be spread on top. It makes a great appetizer for any occasion, but be careful that your guests don’t fill themselves up on it! It’s a little bit addictive.
These falafel sandwiches are straight-up amazing. The falafel is flavorful, crisp, and light, so good that even by itself it’s a wonderful thing.
Rice bowls are starting to be a big thing these days, and there's a good reason. Take something a little saucy, something with some great texture, something with protein or some bite to it, arrange on top of rice, add the condiments of your choice, and enjoy your healthy, delicious, and filling meal!
Have you ever heard of sumac? If you live in the American South, you may think of it as a weed. But hopefully after making this recipe, you will now think of it as a delicious weed.