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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Indian Dal Masoor (Red lentils)

Indian Dal is an easy comfort food for me. There are many good recipes, and it's easy to find one that you will like. My daughter likes this one a little.

1 1/2 cups red lentils
6 cups water or broth or mix half/half (I used veg broth)
1 small onion finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
4-cloves of garlic whole
1 Cinnamon stick whole
3 slices of ginger
1 bay leaf
sea salt and pepper to taste
dash of Cayenne or I used several dried whole chili peppers to get the flavor without so much heat. I sprinkled a little whole celery seeds in there too and It added a nice touch, just a tad.

Rinse massor dahl thoroughly, until water is clear. In pot saute the onions in small amount of butter until soft. Add seasonings and stir. Add the broth, dal and remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, then lower to a simmer cook until thickens about 45min to 1 hour. Salt and pepper at the end before serving, some recipes heat whole mustard seed, cumin seed, and asafoetida in some ghee in small pan then drizzle on top before serving. Be sure you fish out the whole peppers, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, garlic and pieces of ginger before you serve it or at least warn them. I brought this to work once and didn't get all the chilies out and someone ate it. She didn't let me hear the end of it. At least she knew me well.

You can adjust the liquid the way you like it. I like mine a little more soupy. Some like it thicker. Top with fresh chopped cilantro and yogurt,(my daughter ate hers with sour cream) and serve with a nice bread. Here it is with my Olga's bread, and yes I see the chili pepper!


  1. I love dal! The spicier the better!

  2. Those are the perfect combo! Dhall with roti naan. Absolutely yummy. Honey, you're getting there....right to the top ! Good job.
    Love, Kristy.

  3. My mother in law makes the best masoor dahl in the whole world. I have got to get that recipe!!!!! Till then, yours looks great :D I think this is such a comforting and warming dish. Great for this cold weather we've been having.

  4. TKW, I love it spicy, but my husband is a sissy when it comes to hot spicy food. So I usually add my spicy after serving him.

    Aww shucks, thanks Kristy!

    Heavenly, that would be great! I love good tried and true recipes that are passed on. Let us know when you get it! I just kinda did my own thing with the flavors I like. Love it with the cinnamon stick and chunks of ginger, but there's always room for improvement! It's perfect for cooler weather!

  5. Oh we have this quite often for breakfast in Malaysia

  6. I agree, Dal is a comfort food. I'll make this one this weekend with some homemade Naan bread.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  7. 3 hungry tummies, Hmmm breakfast? Why not? I bet it's good for that too!

    Ward, I served it with my homemade Olga's bread that reminded several people of Naan bread. It's perfect as a side, or starter or main dish! Sometimes I'll add some split peas to give it a different texture. What's nice about Dal is you can make it the way you like, just add more or less of whatever! Hope you enjoy it!


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