Thursday, April 21, 2011

SIDE DISHES/DINNER: Easiest Indian Yellow Daal Recipe Ever

I love Indian daal, but for some reason, always thought it was very complicated to make, and based on the recipes I came across, never had the right ingredients already at home. I made this last night, and it was incredibly easy, and delicious.  I recommend serving this over brown rice (I also like it with a protein - see "Indian Style Mushroom Chicken".

Serving Size: 2

  • 1 cup yellow split peas, uncooked and rinsed
  • 2.5 cups water 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 onion (red is best), diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin, whole seeds or ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, ground
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • Place the peas and water in a medium pot, and bring to a simmer
  • Add the tomatoes, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt, and cover
  • In a separate pan, saute onions, cumin, chopped garlic for 5-7 minutes (until onion is browned and soft)- you can use low fat butter or a tablespoon of canola oil
  • Add onions to the split peas
  • Add pepper and salt
  • ***If you like your daal to be more blended rather than seeing the individual split peas, let the split peas simmer longer before adding in onions - you should also use more water (maybe 3 cups)
  • Enjoy!

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