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    Indian Dhal

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    Lalaloula's Note:

    This spicy dhal recipe comes from Family Circle's Fast Vegetarian Cookbook, which I received from a dear friend. It is quick and easy to make, yet really yummy! It is also very versatile as it can be eaten cold or transformed into a soup. I hope you enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Rinse the lentils well under cold water. Drain in a colander.
    2. 2
      Heat oil or ghee in a large pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until lightly coloured and soft.
    3. 3
      Add garlic, ginger and spices and sautee until fragrant.
    4. 4
      Now add the lentils and the water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or until nealy all the liquid has been absorbed and the lentils are soft.The dhal should be thick.
    5. 5
      Sitr in the chopped herb of your choice.
    6. 6
      Serve warm with naan bread.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 20, 2012


      Nice easy recipe! It has a gentle flavor. I served with rice and mango lassi, and we quite enjoyed the meal. Thanks for sharing! Veggie Swap 50

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    • on February 12, 2011


      3 1/2 stars. This is bland without salt as stated by another reviewer. I added sea salt to taste but still felt a flavour was missing. I used butter, Garam Masala - Aromatic Kashmiri Spice Blend for Spicy Cooking! and ginger powder. I made ours into soup by adding some vegetable stock along with the water but I did taste it as dhal first so I am rating this based on both versions. Made for Veggie Swap 31 ~ February 2011.

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    • on November 29, 2010


      Loula, I made this recipe as written and found it to be a little bland. The addition of a pinch of chilli flakes, the juice of half a lemon and a generous teaspoon of salt really lifted the flavours and I was very happy with the finished dish. I often see people complain that for all the spices a curry dish is bland and I think they forget to season it (curry spices cry out for salt in my opinion).

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    Nutritional Facts for Indian Dhal

    Serving Size: 1 (145 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 252.6
    Calories from Fat 43
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 9.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.1 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 15.4 g

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