Are you wearing a fitness tracker? You know your step count, your blood pressure, heart rate, how long and how well you sleep and even your calorie consumption. Admit it, you obsess. You sweat the small stuff. You don’t get that sleep you can measure because you are stressing over missing your daily step count. This messes with the BP and the HR too. It gets worse, you use the app to track your friends. You stress because they are doing more than you. This raises your BP and HR even higher. It is definitely time to take your pulse.
One of my favourite pulses is yellow split peas. They have a fantastic colour and are a great conveyor of flavour. They, like all lentils and pulses are pretty good for your heart health too. One of the tastiest ways to use them is in this Split Pea and Spinach Dahl.
- 200 gms of yellow split peas
- 150 gms of spinach
- 1 red chilli
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric
- 2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
- 2 cloves of garlic pasted
- 3 cm piece of ginger pasted
- 1 handful of coriander
The only downside of preparing split peas is the time they take to simmer. You can usefully use this time to walk around your island unit. In the 30 minute simmer, you should manage a few hundred steps allowing for stopping to stir the dhal occasionally and for repetitive obsessive checking your progress on your tracker. For this, best to follow the instructions on the pack as they do vary.
While you are walking around the kitchen, get a family member to prepare the rest of the ingredients. They will need to fry the spices in a high sided pan large enough to accommodate the dhal. When it releases some lovely aromas and before the garlic and ginger paste burns, it will be ready to add the dhal mixture.
When you have finished your walk, add the split pea dhal. They will be almost soft but with a bit of texture. Then add the spinach.
This will take a bit of wilting as may you after all that exercise. When it wilts enough, stir it into the dhal. This is a perfectly good vegetarian dish on is own.
However, I served it with some Indian style spiced lamb chops. More of this in my next post. Now go off and finish your 30,000 daily steps. You do do 30,000, don’t you?