Simple, spicy, and inexpensive, Dal is a hearty Indian lentil soup that is so delicious and easy to make that it's sure to become one of your go-to recipes.
Yield: 6 cups
- 1.5 cups lentils (dried) rinsed and drained
- 5 cups vegetable stock low sodium
- 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
- 1/2 tablespoon turmeric ground
- 1.5 cups onions chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon cumin ground
- 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
- fresh lemon juice to taste
- In a large stockpot, combine lentils, 4 cups of stock, red pepper flakes, and turmeric.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
- Stir occasionally and cook until lentils are just tender, about 25 minutes.
- Add more liquid, if necessary, to prevent sticking.
- While lentils are cooking, heat a large nonstick saute pan to medium high. Saute onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, and curry until onions start soften, about 5 minutes.
- If the mixture is sticking and browning too quickly, pour in a small amount of stock and scrape the bottom of pan to release any bits of food that are sticking.
- Stir in cooked lentils and more stock, to desired consistency.
- Simmer for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice.
Dal is delicious served over brown basmati rice, regular brown rice, or with whole-wheat pita bread and raita, an Indian side dish of yogurt, cucumber, and seasonings.