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Healthy & Hearty Indian Dal Recipe

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What’s Dal?

Dal is a hearty spiced stew made by simmering lentils until tender. Dal means “to split” in Sanskrit, which is an ancient language in Hinduism.

Dal Recipe

Yields: 4 servings

  • 3/4 cup organic red split lentils
  • 2.5 cups purified water
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 1-ounce organic yellow onions, peeled, small dice
  • 2 organic garlic, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 inch organic fresh ginger, peeled, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic ground coriander
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10-ounce organic canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup organic cilantro, chopped

Kitchen Equipment

  • Measuring bowls, cups, and spoons
  • Mixing bowls/cups/spoons for mise en place ingredients
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Saucepot
  • Ladle
  • Colander
  • Strainer
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wooden spoon
  • Airtight container
  • Food scale
  • Serving bowls
  • Spoons

Cooking Instructions

  1. Sanitize the kitchen (sink, countertops, stovetop/oven, cupboard handles, phone, computer).
  2. Rinse lentils and remove any debris.
  3. Clarify butter.
    • Melt organic unsalted butter in a saucepot.
    • As the butter melts, skim the foam off the surface of the butter using a ladle. Do NOT stir the butter as it is melting.
    • Once the foam is skimmed off, pour the clarified butter into an airtight container and set aside to use for the dal dish.
  4. Peel and mince ginger.
  5. Peel and slice garlic.
  6. Peel and dice onions.
  7. Wash and chop cilantro.
  8. Mise en place ingredients.
  9. Add lentils and water to a saucepot.
  10. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  11. Let lentils simmer until they are tender (about 30-45 minutes).
  12. Add melted butter to another saucepot over medium-high heat.
  13. Add onions, garlic, and ginger.
  14. Sauté until they are softened.
  15. Lower the heat.
  16. Add the tomato mixture and stir/mash the lentils when they are tender.
  17. Taste and season as needed.
  18. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.
  19. Dal can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Happy cooking,

FS x


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