Lentil Dahl

My very first dahl!  I can't believe I've never cooked this before.  It was so yummy, and really pretty easy. 
I very loosely followed a reciped I found online.  That's what I often do when I'm cooking something new - I search around for a recipe that comes closest to what sounds good to me, and then I adapt from there.  I almost never just follow a recipe.  I had some cauliflower that I wanted to use, so I liked that this recipe had cauliflower in it. 
The original recipe I started with:


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 cup onions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled, minced
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
    • ½ teaspoon red peppers, crushed
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped
    • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 ½ cups water
    • 1 cup dried lentils
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • 6 cups cooked basmati rice or 6 cups long grain rice, cooked


  1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, ginger, cumin, turmeric, red peppers, and garlic.
  3. Saute 2 minutes.
  4. Add cauliflower and tomatoes; saute 1 minute.
  5. Stir in water and lentils; bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  7. Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
  8. Serve 1 cup lentil mixture with 1 cup rice.
What I did:
I only loosely followed the measurements (honestly I rarely measure, except when baking). I mostly doubled this recipe, used chicken broth instead of water, left out the crushed red pepper (I wanted flavor, but not spicy), added a bit of curry powder, celery seed and cardamom, probably used a bit more of the garlic, ginger and other spices; and added chopped spinach and chard. And served it over a brown rice, barley and quinoa medely (frozen, from TJ's - really good).
This was really, really good.  And it just got better after it sat for a couple of days.  It was incredibly flavorful, but not spicy. 

Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

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