Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
simple indian food
- 1 cup red lentil (masoor dal)
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1 green chili pepper, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 dried red chili, broken into pieces and seeds removed
- 1 pinch asafoetida powder
- 1⁄2 limes, juice of or 1⁄2 lemon, juice of
- chopped cilantro (to garnish)
- Boil water.
- Add lentils. When it comes back to a boil, cook for five minutes uncovered, then turn the heat down and cover, cook for 15 minutes.
- Add salt, ginger, chile, coriander, cumin and tumeric. Cook for ten more minutes until lentils are very soft.
- Turn heat down to low.
- In a small pan, heat oil until very hot. Add mustard seeds. When they have finished popping, add chili pieces and then asafoetida. Pour hot oil into lentil pot and cover quickly.
- Turn off heat and let sit for five minutes. Add lemon or lime juice, adjust seasonings. Serve with cilantro.
This dal is truly excellent. So delicious! I made it to the recipe, except for omitting the dried red chile and adding extra green chile, since I always seem to burn my dried chiles. I also cooked the lentils uncovered for a while, to try to make them less soupy since I accidentally made mush out of my brown basmati rice lol. Five stars for easy prep, much of which can be done while lentils are cooking/water is boiling. Definitely a keeper! Thanks!
It took my lentils about twice as long to cook as the recipe calls for, but the results were delicious! I also substituted garlic powder for the asafoetida powder. Be careful not to singe the chilis in the hot oil: I suggest turning off the heat after the mustard seeds pop, and then adding the chili to the hot oil.
this absolutely bowled me over. I have never had a dahl like this. I reminded me of the sea and would be the most beautiful paring with prawns or other seafood. I was very disappointed with it and thought it a disaster until I added the lemon juice and then it like magic. I added extra chili and tinned tomatoes. Thank you for posting, it is outstanding. I am about to make it again with some pumpkin I've got.