Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dahl Masala

350g Red Lentils (orange or yellow ones are fine to)
500ml Water
100g Butter (or Ghee)
1 Onion, finely chopped
4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 Fresh Green chillies, finely chopped
Ginger, grated (to taste, say 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
Fresh Coriander, chopped

1] Rinse the Lentils in a sieve until the water runs clear. Pick out any off colour ones.

2] Add the Lentils to the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the Lentils are soft.

3] Meanwhile, heat the butter and add the Onions, Garlic and Chillies. Fry gently until the Onions start to colour.

4] Stir in the Ginger, Chilli powder and Turmeric. gently fry for a few minutes.

5] Mix in the Lentils and lower the heat right down. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Check to make sure nothing is sticking. (burnt Dal tastes horrible, and be careful it doesn't explode and burn you) [if it looks like it is drying out, add a little hot water]

6] Serve in a warm dish and sprinkle with the Garam Masala and Coriander.

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