Creamy Broccoli Dal

I was excited to receive my review copy of Lauren Ulm's new cookbook, Vegan Yum Yum.  I've always enjoyed her blog and recipes.  There are so many recipes I'd like to try I almost didn't know where to start.  The cookbook has great pictures, which comes as no surprise if you've ever seen her blog.  The lady understands food porn.

I'll be posting about many recipes I make from this cookbook; this is just one of them.

Creamy Broccoli Dal
from Vegan Yum Yum
Serves 2

1-2 TBSP vegetable oil (I really minimize oil so just used a quick spray of oil to coat the bottom of the saucepan instead)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup red lentils (Masoor Dal)
2 cups broccoli stalks, peeled and finely chopped (I used more than this, plus some florettes to finish)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt (I minimize salt so left this out)
1 cup soy milk (I use unsweetened)
(I also added 2 TBSP nutritional yeast because I like it in creamy soups)
1 TBSP soy sauce (or salt to taste) (I used 1/2 TBSP of low sodium soy sauce)
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional - I used them)

First I sizzled the cumin and mustard seeds, then added the onion, browned it a bit, then added the lentils, broccoli stems, and water.
The recipe called for adding the turmeric, pepper flakes, and garam masala later, but I added them while simmering without thinking.

Since I had extra broccoli I wanted to use up, I chopped the florettes quite small and added them for the last 5 minutes or so of simmering. Once the lentils and broccoli were tender (approx. 25 min.), I lowered the heat before adding the lemon juice, soy sauce, nutritional yeast and soy milk.  You don't want the soy milk to boil and separate.  Adjust the seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.


This soup was so delicious, I bought more broccoli and made it the next day too.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe!


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  • 11/4/2009 5:27 AM Holly wrote:
    Susan - it's Hojo from the Fuhrman forum... following you here as well as there. This dish looks heavenly, thank you so much for sharing. It has been added to my "must make" list!
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    1. 11/4/2009 6:27 AM Susan wrote:
      Hi Hojo!  Good to see you here.  The dal was delicious.  I'm looking forward to trying more recipes from that cookbook.
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  • 10/10/2010 4:04 PM karenM wrote:
    Just had this for the 3rd time this month. So delicious , thanks so much.
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    1. 10/14/2010 7:52 AM Susan wrote:
      I'm glad you liked it!  I just made it yesterday.  So easy and tasty.
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