Red Lentil Dal with Greens and Naan


This year we’re aiming to use new ingredients we’ve never used before. In this red lentil dal recipe, it’s whole mustard seeds and cardamom pods. And Wow! The flavor is amazing. It’s very straightforward to make, and you can find the spices in the bulk section of your local co-op or a Whole Foods. This recipe comes from the Whole Foods recipe app.

Dal Ingredients

Dal Ingredients

Heat Garlic, Oil & Spices in a Pretty New Skillet

Heat Garlic, Oil & Spices in a Pretty New Skillet

Toast 1 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds, 1 1/4 tsps coriander seeds and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds in a skillet over medium heat. Put aside. Whirl 4 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 inches peeled ginger and 1/4 cup water in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Heat 1 1/2 tbps ghee (or canola oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add the garlic mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the fat separates out – about 3 minutes. Then add the toasted seeds, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, 4 cardamom pods and a cinnamon stick, and cook for another minute.

Bring Lentils to a Boil

Bring Lentils to a Boil

Stir in 1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils, 1/2 an onion, 1/2 a lemon, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cover, cooking at a low simmer until the lentils fall apart. About 3o minutes.

Red Lentil Dal with Greens and Naan

Red Lentil Dal with Greens and Naan

Pull out the lemon and cinnamon stick, salt to taste and serve. We also wilted some spinach and served with a little balsamic vinegar. We also found some naan in the Whole Foods bakery section, which was good alongside.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 1/4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 inch peeled ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsps ghee or canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt
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