Lentil Dal

Serves: 4 to 6

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Dal is often served as a first course in an Indian meal, and it can be thick or thin. This is a good basic lentil dal. Also try it with split peas or mung beans, and vary the amounts of spices to suit your taste.

Ingredients

Preparation

Place lentils in a large saucepan with water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils are nearly dissolved, about 45 minutes (4 minutes in pressure cooker). Remove ginger and purée the mixture. Sauté remaining spices in oil, letting the cumin seeds pop. Add spices to lentils and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice or an Indian bread and a cool blend of yogurt and cucumbers to finish. Freezes well (bring up the flavors with a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice).

Recipe by Marie Donadio, PCC Cooks instructor

Source: PCC Fresh e-newsletter January 2009

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Good base but needs something additional

Tried this to try red lentils and really wanted it to be good. Some good flavor but needs veggies in it and some other flavoring. It's a bit bland. I added spinach and I think next time maybe more garlic, garam masala, chopped tomatoes and cauliflower might help. Needs works overall.

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