Monday, July 7, 2014

Red lentil (dhal) curry with brown rice

 This is an Indian inspired dish. I am not an expert in Indian cooking, however I just love the spices, and I mix them up from recipes I find:) If you have any suggestions how to improve the Indian inspired recipes, please let me know :)

This is an easy dish, as usual, which is ready in 30minutes.

This is what you will need: 

- 500g dry red lentil
- 400ml coconut milk
- 2 tbsp of cold-pressed sunflower seed oil  (you can use coconut oil or olive oil)
- 1 smaller yellow bell pepper
- 1 smaller red bell pepper
- 1 small red onion
- 2 cups of dry brown rice
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp cardamon
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp garam masala mix
- salt and pepper according to taste

Start with preparing the rice according the instructions on the package. Usually un-soaked brown rice takes about 40-45 min to prepare. Tip: soaking the rice for a night will reduce the cooking time to half. 
While the rice is cooking, cut the onion and bell peppers into small cubes. Start with heating the 2tbsp sunflower seed oil, add onion and sauté until glassy, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin and cardamon powder, and sautè for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and the bell peppers. Add the red lentils and mix in the garam masala. Simmer for about a minute. Add coconut milk. If you need, add a bit of water, just until it covers the red lentils. Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat. Add salt and pepper according to taste and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Bring to boil and tralallalalalal. The dhal curry is ready:) Serve on a bed of rice. 
Ladies, the portion of rice is only 1 cup for us, and 2 cups for men :) The portion in the picture is for the gentlemen ;)
Enjoy :)