Yep, I’m Indian. But why no Indian food on my blog you ask? Well, three reasons. One, I’m not really familiar with Indian cooking. Two, I have a preference for “clean” food with simple flavours. Three, the only Indian food I like is my mom’s.

However, during my recent birthday party, my sis made this dhal for a vegeterian guest and it was delicious. So I asked her for the recipe, which turned out to be quite simple, and I made it. I was pretty impressed with the results (even though I say so myself) and I really enjoyed the meal!

Here goes:

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Take ginger and garlic. Cube the ginger, bruise both the ginger and garlic.

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Cumin Seeds and the Dahl (Green Split Beans) in the pack

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Fresh Coriander and Firm Ripe Tomatoes

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Dice the tomatoes and coarsely chop the coriander (not pictured)

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OK, now we get to the cooking bit. First fry the ginger, garlic and cumin seeds in oil (I use garlic flavoured olive oil – remember, I love garlic?) until the fragrance is released. Then add washed dahl and fry until well coated with the oil mixture.

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After the dahl is well coated with the oil, add water and stir. Keep adding water and stir until you are at the point where you are near the final liquidity and consistency of the dahl that you desire. At this point, add the diced tomatos. A lot of recipes will add the tomatoes earlier but I prefer a bit of bite in the tomatoes so tend to add it a bit later (tip from my sis).

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After the tomatoes are stirred through, add the roughly chopped coriander and stir until it’s all combined. Switch off fire. At the point if the dahl is too thick, you may add a little bit of boiling water to the desired consistency.

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The final product garnished with coriander. It was a very hearty and healthy meal. Really enjoyed it. Beware, though, it creates a fair amount of gas 😉

By the way, before I eat, I grind some fresh black pepper. As you guys know, I don’t add salt but if you need to, please do.

Very pleased with my first attempt. Thanks, sis 🙂

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