Slow roasted tomato, channa dal, feta and courgette ribbon spicy salad

11 Jan

Slow roasted tomatoes, channa dal, feta and courgette ribbon spicy salad

After a week of flying solo with the boy, this morning had been occupied with a bit of relief in the way of a back massage. My back is full of uncomfortable rocks as is my neck and I couldn’t wait to go and get them softened.

They say that you appreciate your parents in a whole new way when you have your own children. My friend is trying to conceive and nervous about the labour. It is only now that I can say, that’s the easy bit because it is temporary.

My boy is generally a mummy’s boy and follows me everywhere I go, even to the toilet. ‘What you doing mumma, that’s terrible’. He goes wherever I go and wants me to hold him as I cook a meal so that he can stir and help to toss the dosa. ‘Special agent Aarav is on a special assignment mumma’. He empties my cupboards out whilst I cook and likes to sample the ingredients. This week he cracked open my freshly ground garam masala (again) and licked it whist remarking, ‘it’s yummy’. He tests out my raw pasta shapes, ‘like crips’ and he thinks this star anise ‘flower is amazing and crunchy’. Even when his dad is around, he chants, ‘mumma come, mumma come’.

It’s wonderful.

Through all the lifting, jumping up in the air and flying him like a rocket sort of antics he who is now weighing a quarter of my weight, my back has filled with fiery boulders and my knee has felt better days. This is what they mean don’t they…about the unconditional love and the things a mother will do. But I’m smiling as I sit here with a hot water bottle on my back.

Another part of my body that requires conditioning is my tummy. I put some newish jeans on today and they are snug. This should not be the case. I feel puffy. I feel the need for spice, zing, crisp, fresh and I certainly need cheese. I feel the need for salad. So here it is.

Ingredients to serve 4

2 courgettes, trimmed but not peeled
100g channa dal, washed
150g feta cheese, cubed
2 tbsp Harissa paste
1 tbsp olive oil and some to drizzle on the tomatoes
Salt to taste
1 tsp toasted and lightly crushed cumin seeds
15g finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice
8 large and deep red tomatoes, quartered

1. Sit the tomatoes cut side up on a sheet of baking paper and drizzle them with oil and sprinkle with salt. Put them in the oven at 120degrees for about an 1hr-1hr 15. Ovens vary but they should look shrivelled and not wet. Their flavour will be intense. When the tomatoes are roasted allow them to cool.
2. In the meantime simmer the channa dal for around 15-20 minutes on a medium to low flame. Do not allow the dal to go mushy and should keep some bite. Once the dal is cooked drain it in cool water.
3. Take a vegetable peeler and make long peelings of the courgette. One for each ridge of the courgette and keep going until you get to the core. Don’t worry if some of the ribbons are shorter than the others.
4. Combine the courgette ribbons with the feta and daal and toss it all together. Stir in the Harissa paste evenly before adding the cumin, parsley, lemon juice and salt if needed. Add a glug of olive oil. You can add the tomatoes but if they feel a bit delicate then leave them for presentation so that they keep their shape.
5. Serve fresh with hummus (I used black eyed bean hummus) and lots of lovely bread.

15 Responses to “Slow roasted tomato, channa dal, feta and courgette ribbon spicy salad”

  1. foodbod January 12, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Lovely flavours mumma

  2. Jeanne Horak-Druiff January 12, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    OMG that looks utterly wonderful! Definitely need to bookmark this to try… Thank you!

    • Deena Kakaya January 12, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Jeanne, so good to hear from you! This one is so simple yet intensely flavoured. Hope you enjoy it xx

  3. Claudia ~ Food with a View January 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Wonderful combination! I like especially the dal twist along with the cheese – sounds like comfort food but the very fresh and healthy way.

    • Deena Kakaya January 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks Claudia for your kind words. It certainly was comforting and tantalised each of the sense xx

  4. Katie @ Whole Nourishment January 13, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    I love your combination of vegetables with harissa and dal! I must try this. And glad you made some time for a massage in the midst of your busy days. I have so much respect and admiration for parents and am impressed with your ability to multitask so well and continue to be energetic and inspired in the kitchen. Hats off to you! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya January 13, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Oh Kate, I can’t tell you how lovely your message is for me. Little ones can’t tell us they are grateful, so when I read your message It makes me smile!

      So glad you like this recipe, it’s lovely to connect with you. This one is a really simple yet intensely flavoured recipe, it hit the spot!

      Keep in touch
      Deena

      • Katie @ Whole Nourishment January 13, 2014 at 11:59 am #

        Yes, I was thinking that when I was writing the comment….that parenting seems to often be a thank-less job and, as you say, kids don’t fully understand/appreciate it until they become parents. 😉 But it sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job and his belly stays happy!

  5. lushly January 13, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    This looks gorgeous!

    • Deena Kakaya January 13, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Oh thank you, it really is gorgeous! I had it with black eye bean hummus and warm flatbread…smiles all round xx

  6. Joanne January 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Oh the things a mother will do for her child! Pretty much anything. I could definitely use a few salads these days..loving all the flavors in this.

    • Deena Kakaya January 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Hello Joanne! Oh yes, pretty much anything. I can’t believe I’ve changed from corporate travelling girl to mum. Life. This salad has gone down a treat, several food groups and intense flavours! Xx

  7. What Jessica Baked Next January 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    This looks delicious! You’ve combined all my favourite ingredients- this dish looks perfect for me to try! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya January 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks Jessica, I’m so glad you like it! Please let me know how you find it once you’ve tried it xx

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