Delicious Everyday Dal

Serves 4-6

This is our recipe for a great lentil dal.

1 cup lentils (also known as dal)
4-5 cups water (liquid should include juice if canned tomatoes are used)
salt to taste

1 lb fresh or 1 14 oz can tomatoes, diced (with juice)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
4 tbsp butter
1 tsp.  ground turmeric
1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
2 dry red hot peppers or a large pinch of crushed red chillies (to taste)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  1. Bring all ingredients, EXCEPT cilantro, to a boil on high heat.  Reduce heat to low, and cook until the dal is tender. This should take 20-30 minutes, depending on which dal you use.
  2. When dal is done, sprinkle cilantro on top, stir and serve hot.

Serve with: Basmati rice.  We also use plain yogurt on the side.  Indian mixed pickles or chutney on the side are also nice.

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