For many athletes the race season wraps up and you will need to consider how well your body has coped with a high exercise load all summer long. Your immune system could be impacted and you are likely to be more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. During the upcoming months, where the days get shorter, integrate meals that support recovery. Choose products with antioxidants such as onions, garlic, chives, apples or grapes.
Try the Dal recipe below as one option. Happy cooking, happy eating.
30 ml virgin olive oil oil
1 chili pepper
2 large tomatoes
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. ground paprika
3 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
25 g ginger, peeled, finely chopped
300 g red lentils
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
200 g yogurt (or cottage cheese), divided - exclude to keep it vegan
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Cilantro leaves, and chilies (for serving)
Peel and mince the onions, garlic and chili pepper. Rinse and chop the tomatoes into small dices. In a strainer under cold water, rinse the lentils. Heat up the oil in a saucepan over low heat and sauce the onions, garlic, chili pepper and spices until the onions are translucent.
Bring the water to boil and whisk in the lentils. Turn the heat down to medium low and cook the lentils for 25 minutes or until they are mushy and tender. Add the tomatoes and onion mixture, season with salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice to taste.
Serve in bowls topped with yogurt, cilantro, and chili (Note: serves 4).