Friday, September 11, 2009

Lentil Dal

Growing up, I was not fond of dal. It was something I had to eat....now I can't get enough of it! Here is a simple recipe that I learned from my hubby. Its so yummy that even our son loves it...although he doesn't like to eat it the leftovers the next day. This recipe serves about 4 people.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablesppon or less olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste
Directions:
  1. Thoroughly wash lentils.  Soak for 15 minutes (if you have time, this speeds up cooking).
  2. Put lentils plus 4 cups of water in pressure cooker.  Cook for 3 whistles (if soaked, 4-5 if not soaked).  Alternatively, you can make this one stove by adding water and lentils to a pan.  Bring to a boil and then cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Place oil in small pan over medium-high heat. When oil heats up, add cumin. Once cumin begins to sizzle and brown, add ground coriander, turmeric, paprika and chili powder (if using). Heat for 30 seconds. Add to cooked lentils.  Then add in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve with roti, naan, rice or eat it by itself.

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