How to Make Daal using Red Lentils
Ingredients - what you will need
2 cups red lentils (washed)
1 small can tomato paste
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 teaspoons of garam masala (mixed spice)
1 teaspoon powdered coriander
1 teaspoon ground ginger or finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves of finely chopped fresh garlic
1 onion finely chopped
1-2 green chillies finely chopped (optional)
Putting it all together
After washing the lentils bring them to a boil with 5 cups of water, add spices, tomato paste, chopped onion, garlic and ginger and chillies. Reduce heat to simmer and cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Daal can be served thick or runny in consistency. You can add hot water to thin down the daal if it is too thick as you start to simmer.
To create tarka daal, fry some more chopped onion in oil until golden and place on top of the daal when you serve. (optional)
This dish is delicious for a light lunch - you can serve with natural yoghurt - or to accompany curries as a side. Add or reduce spice quantities to your taste. If the daal is perfect for you but too spicy for others, adding yogurt will cool the spices. Leave out the green chillies for a mild daal.
Note: this is a great choice when cooking for wheat and gluten free diets.