Ah well. Nothing to say I can't recreate ice-cream flavours even if I can't/won't recreate their coldness. This one seems to have been going around a lot lately.
I tried two versions of this, one with banana, one with liquid sweetener. It's true that you can definitely taste the banana, but it's not overpowering, and I definitely prefer it - but both versions are nice! Another alternative would be to do "overnight lentils", adding a pureed date into the cooked lentils and leaving it to sit overnight before adding other ingredients. I've used this method to sweeten other banana-less dahls before and think it would work really well. If anyone tries this, let me know!
Neapolitan Breakfast Dahl
Cook Time: 15-20mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1/4 cup dry red split lentils
- 1/4 cup water (freshly boiled from a kettle will increase cooking speed)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 banana (45-50g) (Optional, can replace with sweetener of choice)
- 2-3 strawberries (50g)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/16 tsp salt
1. Measure out lentils and rinse very thoroughly. (This can be easily done in the cooking pot itself.)
2. Add water and milk and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and keep partially covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. While lentils are cooking, puree strawberries. (If using an immersion blender, it helps to chop them up a bit first.)
4. Mash banana thoroughly and add to lentils.
5. Add salt and vanilla.
6. Get out a bowl and transfer 1/3 dahl into it. Stir your cocoa powder into this.
7. Get out another bowl and transfer 1/3 dahl into it. Stir your strawberry puree into this one.
8. Add a little extra vanilla to the third remaining in the pot.
9. Layer up all fancy like, or just splatter the whole lot into a bowl alongside one another, along with any additional toppings (eg. peanut butter, nuts, coconut). Enjoy.