Healthy Recipes for Dinner

This Delicious Vegetable Dal Recipe Is a One-Pot, Gut-Healthy Wonder

Allie Flinn

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Want to make vegetable dal at home? Check out this delicious one-pot recipe from chef Palak Patel.

One of the only things lower than the serotonin levels in my brain right now is the number of Americans who get enough fiber. Even if you think you get enough fiber, you probably don’t—seriously, only five percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of fiber per day (25 grams for women, 38 grams for men). Given that fiber is crucial for digestive and gut health (and some forms can help lower cholesterol, too), it’s always a good idea to find more ways to add fiber to your diet—which is just one reason why we love this hearty vegetable dal recipe from chef Palak Patel.

“I actually had dal growing up when I was sick, and it’s very comforting, reminds me of home, reminds me of my mom,” Patel says in the latest episode of Well+Good’s show Cook With Us. “What I’ve decided to do is add extra vegetables to make it even more hearty for the winter.” Dal (a dish popular in the Indian subcontinent) is traditionally made with lentils, which pack in a lot of fiber by themselves, and lots of spices. Patel’s recipe uses two different types of lentils, and she adds cauliflower and sweet potato which give the dish an extra boost of fiber. The result, she says, ends up being a marriage between a dal and a stew. (And 100 percent delicious, I might add.)

The best part: Patel’s vegetable is dish comes together in one pot, making clean up far less daunting, particularly on a weeknight.

Patel describes the finished dish as “a blanket being wrapped around you on a really cold day. It’s so comforting.” And really, who couldn’t use that feeling right now? To get the full recipe—and finally learn how to easily cut a cauliflower—watch the video above.

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