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Dal for All

The next two posts are dedicated to George… you know who you are.  in my effort to explore the cuisines of different cultures I have come across several dairy free recipes and this is one of them.  Spiced red lentils or dal is an indian dish paired with naan or rice (not to be confused with the Delta Airlines stock DAL).  This is a great recipe since it is full of flavor, vegetarian, easy to make, and can sit unattended if need be.   I give it a 9.5/10 only because presentationally it is not the most picturesque.



adding the rinsed lentils to the onions


1/2t cumin

1/4t cinnamon

1/4t turmeric

1/8t cardamom

1/8t red pepper flakes


1 T oil

1C lentils

3C water

1 onion, minced

4c garlic

1.5t ginger

3 plum tomatoes

1/2c cilantro


heat oil in large saucepan (must have a lot of room for lentils to simmer properly) over med-h heatIMG_0236

add spice mixture 10sec then add minced onion and cook until softened 7 minutes

stir in garlic and ginger and cook additional minute

add water and lentils and bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer 20-25 minutes

NOTE red lentils are key as they have the thinnest outer shell.  This dish should resemble a thick course puree

remove from heat and add tomatoes, cilantro, s/p before serving





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