Mild Red Lentil Dal

mild red lentil dalOne of those lazy Sunday afternoons where you want to relax and take it easy. I made Dal for dinner, its a dish that can be made so many different ways depending on how you like it. I made this for family – including picky eaters. Lentils you say? I went with red lentils on this to make it look more appealing, and used very mild spices to introduce Indian style food to people who haven’t tried it before. I’ll share some of my other Dal recipes soon!

1 cup red lentils
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (fresh or canned works)
1/2 cup water (reduce to 1/4 if using canned diced tomatoes)
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
3-4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, for topping

milddal1In a large skillet add the lentils, salt and a bit of water, enough to cover them by about a 1/2 inch. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, then reduce to low and cover. Allow the lentils to simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and stir, lightly smashing about half of the lentils.

Add in the fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, and cumin along with the tomatoes, heavy cream and water. Mix together well, cover and let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Serve on top of rice or other gluten free grain of choice. Serves 4. Enjoy!


5 thoughts on “Mild Red Lentil Dal

  1. Sophie33 2014/03/05 / 2:42 pm

    I made your tasty main dish but spiced it up a bit,…delicious. 😊

  2. bevsfoodhaven 2014/03/10 / 3:13 pm

    looks lovely.

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