Vegan Red Lentil Dal Recipe

Posted by:Lindsay S. Nixon Category: Recipe

Red Lentil Dal is my favorite Indian dish. It's a great recipe for beginners - whether you're new to Indian food or to cooking in general. It uses quite a bit of spices, but these same spices are used over and over again in Indian cuisine, so they are well worth the small investment. This recipe is incredibly rich in flavor and like most Indian foods, it only gets more flavorful over time so you'll *love* leftovers. Aside from the initial purchase of spices, this meal is cheap to make, very filling and full of protein!

I like to serve red lentil dal with brown rice and saag.


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Recipe:Red Lentil Dal

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Awesome and ridiculously addictive. You're about to fall head over heels in love with red lentils.



In a medium pot, saute onions and garlic in 1/4 cup water until translucent. Add spices, except garam masala and coriander, and cook for 2 minutes, adding more water if necessary to prevent sticking, burning or drying out. Add lentils, broth, tomato paste, tomatoes and coriander. Cover and turn heat to high. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until lentils are cooked (they will expand and turn orange). Add garam masala and stir to combine. Cover and set aside for 3-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.