garlic, finely chopped
fresh gingerroot, minced
( or unsalted butter)
1 1/2 teaspoons
pure ground red chili powder
( not the chili spice mix)
4 1/2 teaspoons
split red lentils
( Masoor dahl)
cilantro leaf, freshly chopped
- Place lentils in a colander and rinse under running cold tap water.
- Add lentils to a medium-sized, but deep, saucepan.
- For each cup of lentils, add 2 cups of water to the saucepan.
- Bring to the boil, turn heat down, and simmer 10 to 20 minutes.
- Do not allow lentils to become mushy- they should still be'al dente'.
- Drain when cooked.
- Melt ghee or butter over a medium flame.
- Add onions, garlic and ginger, and saute until onions are soft and light brown in colour.
- Add spices and salt, and cook a couple of minutes until lightly fried and bubbling.
- Add dahl, and stir well.
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.
- Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until gravy thickens, stirring from time to time so that the dahl doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add more water if necessary, or if a thinner dahl is desired.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro to serve.
- Variation: Add two chopped tomatoes with the onions.