Red Lentil Dhal

May 6, 2008 by

350 grams split red lentils (organic ones are the yummiest)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1cm piece root ginger
2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon garam masala
1 Tablespoon butter
Pinch of ground cumin
1 small onion

  1. Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain.
  2. Put the lentils into a saucepan and cover with 4-5 cups of boiling water.
  3. Add the turmeric and chilli powder and bring to the boil.
  4. Peel and cut the ginger into thin slices and crush garlic. Add both to the pan.
  5. Cover the saucepan and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the lentils are soft and nearly all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Stir in the garam masala and salt to taste.
  7. Cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes or so.
  8. Meanwhile heat the butter and cumin in a small frying pan. Add diced onion and fry gently until soft.
  9. Stir the onion into the dhal and serve with curry and rice.

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