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
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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