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Lentil-Crusted Salmon

with Spinach-Yogurt Dal & Apricot Chutney

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    15-25 mins
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    2
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    Nutrition
    Est. 700 calories
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Here, we’re celebrating one of our favorite legumes by using it two ways. We’re coating the salmon fillets in lentil flour. A light dusting of this specialty ingredient (simply finely-ground lentils) creates a delicate crust with a hearty, toasty flavor. And as a side, we’re using whole lentils in a creamy dal—a traditional Indian stew. Ours features quick-cooking, golden lentils, mixed with spinach and creamy Greek yogurt.

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Peel and mince the ginger. Small dice the apricots.

Start the dal:
2 Start the dal:

In a large pot, heat half the ghee on medium-high until melted. Add half the ginger and half the spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the lentils and 1½ cups of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and slightly broken down.

Make the apricot chutney:
3 Make the apricot chutney:

While the dal cooks, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the remaining ghee on medium-high until melted. Add the remaining ginger and spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the apricots and ½ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated. Stir in the tamarind concentrate. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat; transfer to a bowl. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Finish the dal:
4 Finish the dal:

Stir the spinach and Greek yogurt into the pot of dal. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Coat & cook the salmon:
5 Coat & cook the salmon:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the lentil flour on a plate. Coat both sides of each fillet in the lentil flour, tapping off any excess. In the same pan used to make the chutney, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the coated fillets and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished dal and cooked salmon fillets between 2 bowls. Garnish with the cilantro. Serve with the apricot chutney on the side. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Peel and mince the ginger. Small dice the apricots.

2 Start the dal:

In a large pot, heat half the ghee on medium-high until melted. Add half the ginger and half the spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the lentils and 1½ cups of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and slightly broken down.

Start the dal:
Make the apricot chutney:
3 Make the apricot chutney:

While the dal cooks, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the remaining ghee on medium-high until melted. Add the remaining ginger and spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the apricots and ½ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated. Stir in the tamarind concentrate. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat; transfer to a bowl. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

4 Finish the dal:

Stir the spinach and Greek yogurt into the pot of dal. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Finish the dal:
Coat & cook the salmon:
5 Coat & cook the salmon:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the lentil flour on a plate. Coat both sides of each fillet in the lentil flour, tapping off any excess. In the same pan used to make the chutney, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the coated fillets and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished dal and cooked salmon fillets between 2 bowls. Garnish with the cilantro. Serve with the apricot chutney on the side. Enjoy!

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