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Indian Lentils

Well I am just terrible at keeping up with this blog, but oh well.
Today I made some lentils that were really, really good.
I have made lentils plenty of times, usually just on-the-fly, without a recipe or anything, but rarely do they turn out as well as they did today.
Fortunately, I remember what ingredients I used and I measured out everything as I went along, so here is the recipe.

Indian Dal
1 lb lentils, rinsed (any kind)
2-3 potatoes, chopped (optional)
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced


1 Tbs Cumin
1 Tbs Coriander
2 Tbs Curry powder (I used Hot)
1 tsp Turmeric

Heat a tablespoon or two of oil (canola or olive) in a large pot.
Sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent.
Mix the spices in a small bowl and add the spice mixture to the onion/garlic.
Stir and cook for a few seconds, then add the lentils and 8 cups of water or broth (I had 2 cups of no-chicken broth floating around, so I added that plus another 6 c H20). (Add the potatoes, if using)
Cover and bring to a boil; let cook for at least 20-30 minutes (to insure lentils get done), but advisably longer if you can wait; it is best if you let it cook for an hour or more.

Enjoy, as a soup or over rice, perhaps with some garam masala added to taste (we didn't have any and it was fantastic as-was, but I think garam masala would go well).


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Aug. 25th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hiii! I just found this blog today while searching for dorm vegetarian recipes. Even though I'm vegetarian and not vegan, I totally loved your blog! I'm starting my first year university from this september and I'll be living in a dorm with only a fridge and a microwave....*shudder* yeh as u mentioned it earlier in your first blog entry!!
But I think your blog made it kind of easier for me! I'm so looking forward to try your all the recipes!!
I can't thank you enough for such great ideas and making my dorm experience sound less scarier for me!
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