How to Make Dal (Indian Lentil Stew)

How to Make Dal (Indian Lentil Stew)


How to Make Dal (Indian Lentil Stew). Delicious and simple to make, Indian lentil
stew, or dal, is a warm and filling dish full of fiber and other healthy nutrients. You will need 3/4 c. yellow split peas 3/4
c. toor dal, or dried split pigeon peas 3/4 c. dried red lentils 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp. ground coriander 1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 large tomato, diced into 1/2-in. pieces Salt 1 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 tbsp.
cilantro, chopped and medium cast-iron casserole pot. Step 1. Remove any debris from the lentils and rinse
lentils quickly in the sink. No need to presoak them. Step 2. Add the yellow split peas, the toor dal, and
red lentils to a medium-sized, enamel cast-iron pot. Add water until the peas and lentils are covered
by 1 1/2 inches, and place the dish over high heat. Bring to a boil. Step 3. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for an
hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, and cook until the red
lentils and toor dal break down and the split yellow peas are tender. Remove the dish from the heat. Step 4. Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet placed
on medium-high heat. Heat until the oil begins to shimmer, add
the cumin seeds, and cook for one minute, until the seeds darken. Step 5. Chop the onions and mince the garlic, using
a dash of salt to keep the garlic from sticking to your knife. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and
continue cooking, stirring frequently. Cook until the onion is golden brown, or about
6minutes. Step 6. Add the coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper
to the onions, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring a few more times, for another
2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cook for 3 more
minutes, until the tomatoes are soft. Step 7. Add the onion and tomato mixture in the skillet
to the casserole dish with the lentils. Stir, return the dish to low heat, and simmer
for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate the dal mixture before adding
butter and cilantro for up to 3 days. Reheat, and add a bit of water if the mixture
is too thick. Step 8. Stir in the butter and cilantro, and mix until
the butter is completely melted. Serve immediately with naan or rice. Did you know 1 cup of lentils provides you
with almost 70 percent of your daily recommended amount of dietary fiber.