Dal (Indian Red Lentil Curry)
Dal is a delicious and satisfying, healthy dish that is extremely easy to make.
Servings: 2 people
- 1 cup dry red lentils
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- ¼ cup diced chili peppers Use serrano or Habanero for spicier tadka and use Jalapeno for milder tadka
- ½ cup diced tomato fresh or canned
- ¼ tsp. turmeric
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. salt or to taste
Rinse the lentils through a sieve until the water runs clear.
In a medium pot, add the rinsed lentils and broth. Bring to a boil, once boiling reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the lentils are soft and have absorbed most of the broth.
While the lentils cook, make the tadka:
In a separate saucepan, heat olive oil and butter.
Once the butter has melted, add the chopped onions and chili peppers and sauté for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the minced garlic and diced tomatoes and sauté an additional minute.
Season with cumin, chili powder, turmeric, and salt.
Once the lentils are finished cooking, stir the tadka into the pot. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Allow the dal to simmer for a few minutes so the flavors can come together.
Serve with basmati rice and toasted naan bread.