Thursday, March 15, 2012

Warm Spring Green Lentil Curry

Ahh, springtime.  We have a change to agreeable temperatures which are no longer cold but not yet hot.  Sweaters are nice, but coats are optional.  And a nice bowl of warm lentils just hits the spot.  Following is a take on the traditional Indian lentil dal.  It was good when I made it, and delicious two days later after the flavors had really melded in the fridge.  You can make this lentil dish with standard green lentils, which are available at pretty much any regular supermarket.  To make the dish, you will need:
  • 1-1.5 cups lentils
  • 4-5 cups of water (you want approximately 4 parts water for every 1 part lentils)
  • 1-2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1-3 teaspoons ambhar dal masala (get a small box of MDH brand from any Indian store for $1-2)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice (olive oil works well here)
  • cilantro, more salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon (optional, for garnish)
  1. Rinse and sort lentils.
  2. Place the lentils a small (1.5 quart) crockpot with the other ingredients.  Make sure that your crockpot is approximately 2/3 full - if you decide to use a bigger or smaller crock, adjust your quantities accordingly.
  3. Cook on low, medium, or high heat in the crock until lentils are soft and tasty.
  4. Garnish with additional spices if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

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