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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Sweet Potato and Ginger Dahl

Dahl is one of those dishes that is very common in Indian food.  I love Indian food and I love especially almost anything with ginger.  Some people are a bit put off by dahl because it’s a bit soupy without really being soup.  However, it doesn’t have to be and this recipe is a good example of that.  It was a lot firmer than I’ve had in traditional restaurants.

I served it with black rice just because that looked pretty with the rest of the colors, you could use a brown or white rice if you desire.

Sweet Potato and Ginger Dahl by Future Relics Pottery
Sweet Potato and Ginger Dahl

Dal Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 
  • pinch of chili flakes 
  • 1 cup red lentils 
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small 
  • 1 two inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced 
  • 1 one inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and minced (or substitute 1 tsp dried turmeric powder) 
  • 3 1/2 cups water plus extra if necessary 
  • salt to taste 
Coconut Leeks Ingredients: 

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil 
  • 1 leek, white and light green part julienned 
  • squeeze of lime juice 
  • pinch of salt 

For Serving:

  • cooked, warm rice 
  • chopped parsley, cilantro or mint (or a combination) 
  • black sesame seeds (optional) 

Place a large pot over medium heat. Heat up the coconut oil in the pot and add the ground coriander, mustard seeds and chili flakes. Stir about until the mustard seeds start to pop just a little bit. Add the lentils, diced sweet potato, ginger, turmeric, and a pinch of salt. Stir the whole mixture to combine/coat in oil. Add the water. Bring to a boil and simmer stirring occasionally.  The mixture should become creamy and the sweet potato pieces should still be intact and slightly firm (about 20 minutes). The lentils will be broken down, filling out the mixture. Add more water as desired.

Meanwhile sauté the leeks. Heat the coconut oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the leeks to the pan and sauté until leeks are soft and very fragrant. Season with salt. Add a squeeze of lime then remove from the heat.

To serve: divide the hot dal over 4 portions of rice. Top the dal with sautéed leeks and a few dribbles of the coconut oil left in the pan. Garnish each serving with the chopped herbs and black sesame seeds.

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  1. never heard or had this, it does sound strange but maybe it's a bit like wilted spinach salad but with Indian flavors which I love

    1. Hi Linda, you should try it since you like Indian foods, it's delicious.

  2. That looks and sounds delicious. I pinned it on pinterest to save for later.

    1. Thanks Michèle, I love Pinterest too.

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    1. AND I think I will make a version tonight to pour over tortillas and avocado :)


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