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Lentil Dal

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Lentil Dal

Experience India’s rich and comforting flavors with our hearty Lentil Dal recipe, a nourishing and delicious dish.


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t turmeric
  • 1-inch piece of ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 onion, chopped ½ T salt
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 banana pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup rinsed & drained brown lentils
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 t olive oil
  • ¼ c cilantro to garnish
  • ½ cup yogurt cheese or sour cream to garnish


  1. In a food processor, pulse together garlic, ginger, and onion; add Peppers and jalapeno until finely chopped
  2. Heat oil in a medium pan. Add chopped vegetables, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook until all vegetables are soft but not browned. (about 3 minutes) Stir in lentils and 3 ½ cups of distilled water.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for one hour and 15 minutes. Uncover and remove from heat.
  4. Using a potato masher, mash lentils until mostly smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Top eat serving with yogurt and cilantro.
Stephen Fogg

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