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Turmeric & Red Lentil Dip

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Working from home with limited recipes can not just be challenging but also stressful. Our nutritionist Isha has a quick and easy to make turmeric and red lentil dip which is filled with nutritious ingredients that supports your immune system. It’s perfect served with warm pita bread or crunchy vegetables like carrots and cucumbers. You can even add an extra boost of flavour to your sandwich and even salads! Read below for this recipe.

Red Lentils

The red lentil, a key ingredient in this dip; it may be a small legume, but it is a nutritional powerhouse offering so many health benefits. Not only are lentils filled with vitamins and minerals, but they are also full of protein and cholesterol-lowering fibre. Studies connecting the benefits of high fibre diets and blood sugar levels have shown that high fibre foods, such as lentils, can help manage blood-sugar disorders, as the high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rapidly rising after a meal. The ingredients in this dip will leave you feeling full and satisfied while the unique flavours will compliment many of our other recipes.

Cumin

Cumin is another helpful addition to this recipe, both flavour wise and nutrient wise. It has been used in Middle Eastern cooking since ancient times and the seeds have been used as antiseptics and disinfectants in Indian culture. Cumin has shown antimicrobial effects on organisms like E.coli, according to studies.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, one study found that turmeric (and curcumin) is comparable to anti-inflammatory medicines. This spice also contains natural anti-bacterial agents making it the perfect spice to promote quick healing, not to mention it’s analgesic actions which help to relieve pain. Additionally, this spice is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. Try adding extra turmeric into your diet during periods of stress or during flu season to help give your immune system a little boost. Adding black pepper with any recipes with turmeric can activate turmeric’s active component curcumin.

Ingredients: Serves 8 

  •  3 cups water
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, thyme, and garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan add water and bring it to a boil. Add red lentils and lower heat to a simmer for 10 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Drain the lentils with a strainer and rinse well. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add lentils, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cumin, thyme, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and turmeric. Blend until smooth, while periodically scraping the sides with a rubber spatula to remove any lumps.

Isha Patel, BSc Nutrition

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