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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dhal (Lentils)

As a working woman, I had always struggled to find the best and easiest recipe so that I do not have to spend so much time in the kitchen. I rather be spending the extra time with hubby or with family and friends. So here's an easy and quick recipe for Dhal. I had pass this on to my work colleagues and they think it is a great recipe. So here it is. Enjoy!


250g red lentils
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion
2 teaspoon garlic&ginger paste (or 2 cloves garlic & 1 teaspoon ginger)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
3-5 cups of water (you will need to check on the dhal for this - depends how thick/watery you want the dhal to be)

To garnish : 
2-3 tablespoon
2 tablespoon cumin seeds or 1 onion

Directions : 
  • Wash lentils and soak for half an hour (if you do not want to soak , thats ok, you just have to cook them for a bit longer)
  • Drain lentils
  • Heat oil in pot and add onions,garlic and ginger
  • Once onion browns, add turmeric and stif well for 1 minute.
  • Add lentils,salt and garam masala and fry for 2 minutes
  • Add water accordingly, bring to boil,then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 30 minutes (depending on how much water you have added into the pot)
  • You will find the lentils cooked when they appear soft and similar to porridge.
  • If there is too much water, take the cover off the pot and leave until the extra water is drained. 
  • Off the fire.
  • To garnish : Add oil into a frying pan. Add onion or cumin seeds until brown.Once browned, add directly into the lentils pot.Stir for 1 minute and cover pot. 
  • Serve cooked lentils with bread or rice. I usually have it with rice and omelet.