I have a significant other who loves Indian food. Loves! I don’t love it. Every time we have an opportunity to have a date night, his first suggestion is any Indian restaurant in town. I almost always decline. I do start to feel guilty about it, though, and when I ran across this Red Lentil Dal in The Happy Herbivore, I thought it would be a nice gesture. Would you believe that I love it, too!?
Red Lentil Dal
from The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 T. ground ginger
1/2 c. dried red lentils
2 c. vegetable broth
1 chopped tomato, with juices
3 oz. tomato paste
1 T. ground coriander
2 tsp garam masala
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
cayenne, to taste
Line a medium pot with 1/2 c. water and cook onions and garlic until transluscent.
Add turmeric, cumin ,paprika, and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes, adding water if necessary to prevent sticking or burning.
Add lentils, broth, tomato, tomato paste, and coriander, stirring to combine.
Bring to a buil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until lentils are cooked and orange-ish.
Add garam masala, stirring to combine, and let rest 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cayenne.
*Nutritional Information: Calories 134, Total Fat 0.7, Cholesterol 0, Total Carbs 25.5, Dietary Fiber 9,3, Protein 7.0g.
We ladled ours over a bed of cooked brown rice and it was truly delicious~