Dal Masala - Spiced Lentils
- Lentils - sprouted trio, 225 gr (8 oz)
- heavy whipping cream - 80 gr (3 oz)
- butter - 60 gr (2 oz)
- Tomato puree - 250 gr (8.8 oz)
- Ginger - 1 small piece, grated
- Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
- onion - raw, 1/2, thinly sliced
- Spice mix
- Coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon (seeds, crushed)
- Crushed Red pepper - 1 teaspoon
- Mace - 1 teaspoon
- Green cardamoms - 2, crushed
- dry mango - 1 Teaspoon
- nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
Dal or dhal refer to either lentils, peas or other types of beans that have been split. They play a very important role in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. This particular recipe is closer to an Indian version, half stew / half curry, the spices provide a nice aromatic flavor to this dish. You can eat it with Chapati, Roti or Naan bread.
For this recipe I decided to use a sprouted lentil trio (green, brown and black types) to provide more interesting flavor and presentation. The brand I used, Accents, doesn't require overnight soaking and only require 4 minutes cooking. Others might require soaking and longer periods of cooking, so check specific packaging instructions.
- Saute the onion in one Tablespoon of butter at mid-low heat for 5 min.
- Add the garlic and ginger, saute for 1 min
- Add the spice mix and heat for 1-2 min
- Add the tomato pure and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a large sauce pan, bring 3 cups of water to boil. Cook the lentils for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover and let it stand for 2 minutes.
- Bring back to the heat, add the tomato and spice mix sauce. Bring to boil stirring gently so as not to break the lentils.
- Add the cream and butter. Mix and lower the heat, stirring slowly until the sauce thickens.
- Check the seasoning and serve with Chapati or Paratha bread.
This Dal Masala is a nice, not so spicy, curry that is great for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The lentil trio (green, brown and black) provide a nice array of colors and flavors. This Dal Masala is so convenient that it can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish.Add to Favourites