Today is the day that most of us will choose as the day to begin a new regime of healthy eating. Kids back to school, back to work with a bang!

Here at Bombay Pantry we are no different 🙂

Gone are the boxes of Milk Tray and tins of Roses littering the office desks and shop counters. It’s a time for lots of green tea, fruit and veg and steaming bowls of delicious Dahl.

January is the month of Dahl and our specials this month will reflect a month of healthy eating and good intentions. Even if you are not a fan of Dahl, there are lots of options on our menu that will suit. Check them out below.

Dahl if you are a newcomer to Bombay Pantry, or Indian food in general is a catch all phrase describing all manner of lentils/peas or beans (pulses).

Lentils come in all shapes and sizes and colours. We predominately use Chana Dahl, a dull yellow with a sweet and nutty flavor, they are the most popular dahl in India.  They’re made from splitting a small relative of the chickpea in half.  Chef’s tip; As they are renown for causing flatulence, the chefs will tell you to counter this by adding Aafoetida or Turmeric to the dish, you’ve been warned 🙂

Nutty and earthy in flavor, lentils have a high nutritional value that anyone can benefit from by incorporating this healthy legume into their diet. Packed full of protein, iron and dietary fibre and low in fat, lentils are a great healthy food choice. The food blog Mind Body Green list a myriad of reasons why we should be eating lentils, check it out here http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5488/7-Health-Benefits-of-Lentils.html

So, with all this in mind, the chefs are recommending that those looking for healthy options in January, check out both our Dahls, Tarka Dahl (chana dahl traditionally cooked with garlic, and freshly ground spices (including turmeric ;)) and Chana Masala, (chickpeas cooked with tomatoes, onions and freshly ground Garam Masala) both are  €3.95.

Our super-food options are perfect for January, Kale and chickpea curry (Irish kale cooked with smoked cumin, ginger and garlic, simmered with chickpeas, plum tomatoes and garam masala) €5.50 or our Nourishing sweet potato Dahl is super tasty and incredibly healthy too.

The new January special (from Tuesday Jan 6th) is a delicious Chicken Dhansak (€9). For this dish the chefs are using Moong Dahl, which are mung beans that have been skinned and split, so that they’re flat,  yellow, and quick-cooking, simmered with plum tomatoes, fresh breast of chicken and freshly ground spices, this is a really simple yet tasty and hearty, guilt-free dish.

 

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If none of these take your fancy, there are lots more healthy choices on the menu, here are a couple of suggestions…….Sweet Potato Dahl

  1. Chicken Tikka and a side of roasted aubergines (Baigan Bartha)
  2. Jhinga Gobi small plate and a side of Sauteed Broccoli
  3. Bombay Chicken Curry and a side of Dahl
  4. Prawns Bhuna and a side of broccoli
  5. Sweet Potato Dahl
  6. Goan Hunter’s chicken curry.
  7. Anjuna Tarkari (vegetable curry) and a side of steamed basmati

and if all else fails our Superfood salad box might take your fancy!

Remember, we only cook from scratch, using the best of ingredients, all our curries are free from gluten and full of freshly ground spices. It’s all good food.

Enjoy January and all the resolutions. Let us know what you think about the Dahl……

Happy healthy eating!

Emma 🙂

emma@bombaypantry.com