Red lentil dhal

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 158.8
  • Total Fat: 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 508.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 17.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g

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A delicious Indian vegetarian dish. Spicy but not too hot. Eat on its own or serve with rice. A delicious Indian vegetarian dish. Spicy but not too hot. Eat on its own or serve with rice.
Number of Servings: 6


    3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
    1 medium yellow onion
    1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup dried red lentils
    2 tablespoon tomato paste
    4-5 cups water or vegetable stock
    5 roma tomatoes, chopped
    juice of 1 lime
    1 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro

    Spice blend
    2 teaspoon mustard seeds
    1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
    1 teaspoon coriander seeds
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    6 whole cloves
    4 cardamom pods

    2 dried red chillis (seeds removed)
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Dry-toast the seeds (but not the dried red chili) in a pan over a low heat, stirring frequently. When cool, grind to a powder in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, along with the dried chilli and the cinnamon.

Heat oil in a heavy pot over a medium heat. Saute onions. When the onions are soft, add garlic and ginger and cook for a few more minutes. Add spices and salt.

Add 4 cups of water or stock and stir to deglaze the pot. Add tomato paste and lentils. Bring to a boil then lower the heat a and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro. Add more water if it is too thick. Simmer 10 more minutes, or until lentils are completely tender.

Serves 6. Serve with rice, or eat on its own.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SCRABBLE-ELK.

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    Very Good
    Sounds very good , there are other ingredients I am not familiar with so will have to find them I believe in an indian store . there are many around new york state. I have the red lentils. - 3/18/10