Red Lentil Dahl

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Dahl is a rich lentil stew served over rice or chapatis as the standard meal of northern India.  It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and nutrient rich ingredients AND it is so easy and fast to make!  It can be served with rice, yogurt and curried vegetables.  It's delicious with a cucumber-dill salad, which is included below. This recipe serves 4-6.

Red lentil Dahl:

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 1/3 cups water
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2tbsp ghee, butter or oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp cumin or fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½ to 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 4tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1.     Place lentils in pan with water, turmeric, and bay leaf. Simmer for 15-20min until lentils are tender

2.     Meanwhile, heat the ghee, butter, or oil in a heavy skillet.  Add the mustard and cumin or fennel seeds and cook over high heat until they “pop”.

3.     Add the ground coriander and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes longer, then add the mixture to the cooked lentils.  Add more water if mixture is too thick, or cook a little longer to make it thicker.  Add salt and lemon juice if desired.  Stir in chopped cilantro and serve.

Cucumber-dill salad

  • 1 diced cucumber
  • 4 tbsp organic full fat yogurt
  • 1-2tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper to taste


Enjoy!