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Dahl

Heat Level

Mild/Moderate

Servings

4-5

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

30 Minutes

potato curry
Kashmiri Garam Masala

Use Moji's Dahl Masala recipe and packet to invigorate your lentil experience and prepare a traditional, hearty dahl in about half an hour. Cook alongside one of Moji’s spiced vegetables and basmati rice for a delicious and complete vegan Indian meal.

Ingredients


2 tablespoons vegetable oil


2 cloves of garlic, chopped


1 small yellow onion, diced


1 medium, ripe tomato, diced 


1 packet Moji Masala Dahl Masala


1 cup red lentils, split mung bean or split chick pea lentil, rinsed thoroughly.  (if using chick pea try to soak for an hour).


3 cups of water for red lentils, 4 cups water for mung bean,  or 5 cups of water for split chick pea; for a milder, soupy texture add 30% more water and adjust salt and lemon at the end


1 tablespoon lemon juice


1 handful cilantro or parsley, for garnish


1.5 cups Indian basmati rice (prepare as instructed)*



Directions


Step 1  Heat oil in a medium-size pot on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and sauté until fragrant.   Add the onion and sauté until light brown, about 4 minutes.


Step 2  Add the tomato and sauté frequently for 3-4 minutes, until it releases all its water, softens, and breaks apart.


Step 3  Add contents of MM Dahl Masala packet and mix well.  Fry this mixture for a couple of minutes so spices are incorporated.


Step 4  Stir the lentils into the tomato-masala mixture and add the water.  Bring to a boil.


Step 5  Turn heat to low, cover and cook until lentils soften.  For mung bean or red lentils this should take about 30-35 minutes, for yellow split pea it may take 50 minutes to one hour.  Stir regularly to prevent sticking and check that there is enough liquid to keep it soupy.  If the lentils are still hard but your texture is too thick, simply add a half a cup of water at time to maintain the slightly thick but soupy texture while cooking.


Step 6  Once your lentils are fully cooked, turn the heat to medium-high and bring the lentils to a gentle boil.  Boil off enough water until you are left with the desired thickness.


Step 7  Once your dahl is the right thickness, adjust the salt, add lemon juice,  and garnish with cilantro.


Serve with Indian basmati rice and yogurt to cool the palate.


Recipe Adjustment for Onion Baghar  

Leave out the onion in the beginning of recipe.  Slice half of a small onion into skinny single layers. Place a small frying pan on medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 3-4 tablespoons of a high-heat neutral oil and heat for about a minute. There should be enough oil in your pan, so your onions are at least half covered. When the oil is very hot, add your onions in a single a layer. You don't have to move them around too much, except to rotate the rapidly browning onions from the outside to the middle so they don't burn. The key here is to get them as dark brown as you can before they turn black and burn. This whole process takes just a few minutes. When the onions are done, pour them along with the oil into your boiling dahl and turn the heat off immediately. Enjoy right away over a bowl of rice or "marinate" overnight for a more intense flavor.


* or try this steamed rice method: https://www.mojimasala.com/post/how-to-cook-indian-food-for-fluffy-less-starchy-basmati-rice-try-this-quick-easy-method

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