Monday, November 16, 2009

Authentic Indian Daal (Lentils)

Making Indian food seems so daunting to me...maybe because of all the exotic spices that are used in dishes.  This is the first Indian dish I learned how to make and it's a great one to start with because it's super easy--and super delicious!

I find red lentils at Asian markets

The Ingredients: (serves 2...double the ingredients for 4)

1/2 cup red lentils
1/4 of an onion chopped
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp tamarind
1/4 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp of chili powder (depends on you spice tolerance!)
pinch of pepper

Rinse lentils and drain lentils a few times and then add 1.cup of water.  Add all the spices, mix, and heat till boiling, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Brown onions in oil and then add to the lentils, mix then cover and let it continue to simmer.

I buy naan from Trader Joe's (you can find it in the frozen section), but you can also use pita bread or tortillas to eat with.  Great as a main dish or as a side!




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  2. Did you move to another blog? It's a shame you stopped blogging. :( Anyway, hope all's well and hope you'll come back to blogging again!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Amy @ Foodista

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