Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dahl that's not Dull

This and a bowl of brown rice is one of my favorite things to eat. Sometimes I even mix them together.
My buddy emailed me the other day looking for a good soup recipe, and this is it! It has a lot of flavor, and don't be shy on the sea salt! Add a little at a time, a chef once told me, you can always add more but you can't take it out.

  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion- finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic-minced
  • 1 large piece of ginger- peeled and minced
  •  1 tbsp cumin seeds- toasted and ground
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds- toasted and ground
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
    In a large pot rinse and drain the lentils several times, until the water runs clear.
    Cover with water, (start with 4 cups) and bring to a boil, cook until lentils fall apart. You will have to skim off the foam several times, I find using a ladle works the best. If you see the water is evaporating add a cup or two.

    Heat a saute pan and add oil.

    Add onion, garlic and ginger, saute on low heat for at least 10 minutes.

    On medium/high heat, in a small frying pan add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds, toast until they change to a darker colour or you can smell them. Grind in a coffee grinder if you have one, I don't so I use a mortar and pestle. Add to the onion along with the rest of the spices, cook for 2-3 minutes.
    Add the onion and spice mixture to the skimmed off pot of lentils.

    Season with vinegar,syrup,salt and pepper. Finish with coconut milk.


    1. I love lentils! They are so delicious and filling. Love the color in your picture.

    2. thanks
      Dal also spelled dahl, dhal, and daal on the wiki:P

    3. Beautiful color and great winter comfort food.

    4. I'd love to have some of this with brown rice for lunch today! Looks delicious.

    5. Congrats on your accomplishment! Dal, duhl, is a dish I'd like to do more of and have overlooked, usually eating it in dinning establishments.
      As a backcountry chef it would be a good dish to have on the menu... fast cooking and my eaters crave hot, spicy dishes.

    6. What a great and simple dhal recipe; the colour is beautiful!! mmmmm lentils and warming spices... yum!! i will be trying this for sure!!

    7. What a delicious looking soup! I love the flavors in this, too. I nominated you for the Honest Scrap Award! I love your recipes (those cinnamon rolls look amazing, too!).

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