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Monday, March 26, 2018

Easy Red Lentil Dal

Before I was vegan, I never ever pictured myself eating lentils let alone dal. I mean, dal used to sound weird to me and I was afraid of most international foods. They terrified me. 

The first time I had red lentils, I was shocked at how much I loved them. I thought to myself, what the hell was I afraid of. Not only are they delicious, they are good for you too. And if you eat them on a regular basis, it will help to lower your cholesterol. Everyone should be eating lentils.

So, I found this recipe #SimpleIndianLentilDal from Eat Veg. It's simple and super easy to make. You can double it and have it for lunch for several days at work or for dinner. 

Link to original recipe video.

Let's get to it. Here is what you will need. 
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
water for sauteing
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
4 cups of water
1 1/4 cup red lentils
14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
salt to taste

Saute the onion over medium heat using a little water to prevent sticking and burning until the onion is tender and slightly yellow. 

Add the garlic and spices. Give it a good stir. 

Add the tomato, water and lentils and stir. 

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 25 - 30 minutes. Might still look soupy but will thicken as it cools. 

Serve over rice and enjoy.

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