Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tomato Dahl

Tomato on your Roll Dahl?

Dahl is wonderfully satisfying served on top of rice as an accompaniment to curries. I've always had trouble reproducing a good one at home, they seem to vary widely in consistency. From a liquid to something thick and curry like. Because I love lentils I always tend to put too many of them in. This recipe I used only half a cup and this seemed to give a nice consistency, you could add more water if you wanted to serve it poured over the rice.

1 onion chopped
1 carrot small cubed

1-2 green chillies
4 tomatoes cubed (some recipes ask for peeled, but my life is too short to peel tomatoes)

½ cup of red lentils

2-3 garlic cloves crushed
inch ginger grated

¼ cup grated coconut (see previous post)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 bay leaves

some coriander to serve

1-2 tablespoons of toasted almonds (mmmm)

Ghee /Veg Oil

In a pan heat up the oil, when hot throw in the mustard seeds, cumin & chillies. Cook until the mustard seeds start to go ‘pop’ and then you can add in the onions, tomatoes and carrots, as well as some salt and turmeric. Saute them until the onions and tomatoes are soft.

Add in the lentils and cook gently while stirring for 3 mins. Then add in two cups of water and some bay leaves. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 mins till the lentils are soft and falling apart. You may need to add in some more water if the lentils start to stick to the bottom – so just keep an eye on it.

After 15mins or so - add the coconut simmer for another 4-5 mins.
Sprinkle with coriander and toasted almonds. Serve with spiced rice for warm and satisfying meal, and mango chutney of course. Or as a side dish to accompany butter paneer masala and toasty hot naan breads.

Apologies for the terrible title - I just had to


Sarah Gostrangely said...

Nice recipe...but there's no excuse for Roll Dahl.



Lu said...

I know the shame - ah well I couldn't think of a better one really! Food puns - and terribly bad ones at that - i added a diagram I found for you