Indianish lentils

One of my favs when we go to indian restaurants is the dahl. So many layers of flavor and such a hominess. The flavors always transport me to another world; I can imagine myself far away heavy in the stifling heat, enthralled by glistening silk saris and bangles, with the smell of spices and freshly baked naan in the air. One day, perhaps I will get to travel there; until then, my dahl indulgence here at home will have to suffice.

Fortunately or unfortunately , it would get pricy to splurge on dahl everyday, so I was forced to make my own version at home. I do not profess to be an expert in indian cuisine (which is why I have dubbed this recipe “indianish” 🙂 and have not officially called it dahl), but if I might say so myself, this recipe is pretty delicious and never lasts long.

Eat alone or with pita bread. If you eat greek yogurt, it would also be a good accompaniment.

Bon appetit! 😋

1 cup red lentils

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp vegan butter

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cups veggie broth

4 garlic cloves

2 medium tomatoes

1 onion

1 serrano

Generous 1/2 tsp ginger

Generous 1/2 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp black mustard seed

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp corriander

1/2 tsp powdered cumin
To finish

Juice 1/4-1/2 lemon, to taste

Fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

1) put lentils, aromatics (garlic, onion, ginger), tomato paste, serrano, butter, olive oil and broth in a saucepan. If you want a saucier consistency, simmer partially covered; if you want a thicker consistency, simmer covered until lentils are cooked through and tomatoes have begun to lose their shape.

2) heat some olive oil in a small pan on medium high heat. When hot, add spices and stir around for a few seconds until the spices start dancing around. Remove them and toss in lentils. Then to get all the little bits out, put a small amount of the lentils in the pan where the spices were, stir around and return to lentils; repeat this step until no tumeric color comes onto lentils when you toss them in spice pan.

3) toss in cilantro and lemon simmer a few more seconds and enjoy!

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