I can't believe it! I have my entry for Small Bites ready and it is not even Sunday yet! LOL.
Today I cooked some lentils... Dal... an Indian dish that I have tried at the Indian restaurants down the street from my home.
I browsed the Indian section at Safeway to find some spices that are appropriate for what I planned to cook. I bought this pack.
Today's selection was pretty simple. Had I been paying attention and not playing on the computer, the first batch of lentils would not have burnt. YIKES!
1 cup of lentils, cooked in water until soft and mushy ... (to me meant done)
2 cups of water
1 package of Indian spices (shown above)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
a pinch of salt ( to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of curry powder ( or more to taste)
Cook 1 cup of lentils in 2 cups of water. Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes. Add water if needed.
When lentils are done, put 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan. Add the entire contents of the packaged spices. Cook in medium heat.
When the mixture become frothy, add the lentils. Salt to taste.
I only used 2/3 of the cooked lentils because the packaged spices did not seem like a lot.
I added some curry because it was pretty bland to my taste. I topped it with some yogurt which seemed to improve the flavor of an otherwise dish that is lacking in flavor. My son and future DIL however, really liked it.
I served it with flat bread slices.
Although the spices indicated DAL soup, my dish did not have much water to be considered soup.