Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal


Prep Time:  minutes
Cook Time:  minutes
Ready In:  minutes

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Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal

Each time I travel to India I can’t get enough of authentic Red Lentil Dal. I like to make it at home when I want an Indian cuisine fix. This traditional Indian dish is usually served with basmati rice or naan bread.


1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

2 Cups Chopped Onions

3 Minced Garlic Cloves

3 Cups Water

1 Cup Dried Red Lentils

3/4 Teaspoon Turmeric

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Cup Basmati Rice (Cooked According to Package Directions)

2 Seeded & Chopped Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

1 Seeded & Chopped Jalapeno

In a medium-size skillet heat oil over a medium heat. Add 1 cup onions and 1 minced garlic clove. Sauté until for 10 minutes until golden. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In a heavy medium-size saucepan combine 3 cups water, lentils, remaining 1 cup onions, 2 minced garlic cloves, turmeric, cumin and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. You will want lentils to be nice and tender. Transfer half of lentil mixture to a food processer or blender. Puree until smooth. Return puree to the same saucepan. Mix in sautéed onion mixture. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to blend flavors. Spoon rice into bowls and top with dal. Top with tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno. Serves 4

© Victoria Hart Glavin



    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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