The temperatures have significantly dropped in The Netherlands this past week. It has been snowy and rainy. As someone who was born in a sunny and warm country like Portugal, I must say that I get all excited when it snows! Well, except when I need to grab my bike and realise that I have my saddle frozen… that is just not fun. Apart from that, I love it!! haha It is such a beautiful change of scenery. Anyway, because cold and snowy weather asks for hearty comfort food for the soul, today I bring you my red lentil Dahl recipe. This is now the third time I have made it (always using different ingredients and measurements) but this recipe turned out to be the tastiest. I was so happy with its thick consistency because a good Dahl is traditionally fairly thick. The boyfriend love it and so did I! 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram or you have been following me here for a while, you guys should now how I am al about humble comfort food, especially when it is thick, creamy and infused with fragrant spices. This dhal is quite simple to make, perfectly spiced and comforting. It will satisfy your taste buds and certainly nourish your body down to the core. ♥
So, here is the recipe:
- 300gr of lentils, cooked
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (400gr) or 2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
- 2 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (or 2 cloves of minced garlic)
- 2 tsp of ground cumin
- 2 tsp of turmeric
- 2 tsp of ground ginger (or 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh ginger)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1 tsp of fenugreek (optional)
- Fresh cilantro
- Vegan soya or coconut yoghurt (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Rinse lentils and soak them overnight in a bowl of water (see note)
- In a large pot heat 1/2 cup of water over medium high heat. Alternatively, if you prefer you can also use a tsp of olive oil instead of water
- Sauté onion, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes, stirring. Once translucent, add in red pepper and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is fragrant and has started turning gold. Then add salt, spices and turn heat to medium. Stir for another 3 minutes letting the spices toast and release their flavours.
- Strain lentils and add to the pot, along with water and tomatoes. Give a good stir, bring to boil, cover, and then turn heat down. Let gently simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until lentils are perfectly cooked and soft.
- . Afterwards uncover and check consistency. If it is watery, continue to simmer uncovered until it becomes nice and thick.
- If needed, adjust seasoning to your liking.
- Serve Dahl over a hearty grain like rice or quinoa; or pair it with toasted naan bread or flatbread toast.
- Garnish with chopped green onions, fresh cilantro and a drizzle of vegan yogurt.
*note: whenever I cook dried legumes, I make sure to soak them overnight for optimum digestion and less cooking time. Plus, soaking not only neutralises anti-nutrients but it also increases the nutritional value. It breaks down the hard-to-digest carbohydrates and protein tinto simple components that are easier for our bodies to absorb.
If you give this recipe a go, be sure to leave your feedback in the comment section below! Would love to hear from you.