Last Updated on February 28, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Blogging Marathon #20
Theme: Delicious Dals
In the Caribbean, we generally don’t use as many varietal legumes for dal, as is used in traditional Indian cuisine. Our dal is almost always made with yellow split peas. Probably because dal is not something we eat every day, as is done in many Indian homes, we don’t need as much variety. We don’t get bored with eating it every day.
One of the main differences between Indo-Caribbean cuisine and East Indian cuisine is the type of chiles we use. In the Caribbean, there is basically one type of hot pepper we use, called Scotch Bonnet. It is one of the hottest chiles in the world and usually only 1/2 of 1 chile can be used in any recipe. It has a sweet, hot flavor, without being acidic. Scotch Bonnet, combined with turmeric and roasted cumin give Caribbean dals a flavor unique to the Caribbean.
In addition, East Indians mostly use cilantro as the finishing herb. We use shadoe beny, also called culantro or recaito in Latin Markets. These are long leaves that have a similar, but stronger flavor than cilantro.
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 Scotch Bonnet pepper
- 1 cup yellow split peas
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted cumin powder
- 6 leaves Shadoe Beny, finely chopped
- salt, to taste
Heat oil. Saute onion and garlic for a few minutes, until softened. Add peas and stir fry for one minute. Add water, pepper, cumin and turmeric. Bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 45-50 minutes, until tender.
Let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the hot pepper.
Put half of the dal in the blender and puree. Return to the pot with the rest of the dal and stir to combine.
Add the shadoe beny and salt. Stir to combine.
Serve with rice or Sadha Roti, which is a popular Caribbean style roti in Trinidad. The main difference between Caribbean rotis and Indian rotis is that we use yeast and baking powder in ours.
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That's quite interesting to know caribbeans make dal as well..:)..you really make sure you give so much insight into parts unknown to me..thanks!
Mireille trust me ..I am amazed to see this daal..cant believe!! Carribbean daal.!!!..very interesting..book marked!
Sounds awesome and comforting, even i was surprised to see this dal.
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Delicious dhal. Looks very comforting and flavorful.
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Very interesting one…sounds delicious!
Very informative and good to know about Caribbean cuisine. Love it
New to me, Looks and sounds delicious.
I never knew that there is something similar to our coriander leaves in the Caribbean cuisine too :)!