Empress Dal

Recipe by Sandi From CA
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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine the oil, cumin, red chiles and turmeric in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic or asafetida, lentils, cayenne, and mango powder, if using, (if using lemon juice instead, stir in at the end), and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  • Add the water and salt, bring to a boil and skim well.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, covered , until the lentils are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Add more water during cooking if necessary. Taste for salt and add more if you need to.
  • Ladle about ½ cup of the lentils into a small bowl and mash them with a spoon.
  • Return the mashed lentils to the pot and give the dal a stir. Then continue cooking at a simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • If you like a thicker dal, use a whisk to break up the lentils into a puree. If you like a thinner dal, add more water. Stir in the lemon juice, if using. Serve hot.
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