I love lentils so much. They’re so versatile and easy to make. But my favorite lentils of all time? Most definitely Indian Dal. They’re so flavorful, hearty, and full of delicious spices.
Dal actually means dried legume and is most commonly associated with lentils. It is a staple in every Indian kitchen and there are more than a million ways to cook it. Since I like my food a little spicy, I added a tad more of Garam Masala than normal, but you can, of course, amend it to your taste. Another plus point? Dal is also naturally gluten-free!
Most people associate cooking Indian food with a certain level of difficulty but nothing could be further from the truth. Although Indian food does require certain spices that are not commonly found at your local supermarket, you can easily find them at an Asian or Middle Eastern shop.
The best thing about Indian spices is that you can buy them in bulk and they will last a super long time. Cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be time-consuming nor complex. If you’re new to cooking Indian food, I would definitely recommend checking out Vegan Richa she has an amazing collection of delicious Indian recipes.
This Easy Indian Dal is so simple, anyone can make it! You only need a couple of ingredients, 20 minutes and you’re ready to go!
Try this Easy Indian Dal recipe for dinner with some basmati rice or naan and comment below with your experience!
Amazingly Easy Indian Dal
A super easy vegan recipe for delicious Indian lentils!
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 1 1/2 cup yellow or red lentils
- 1 red onion
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 3 cups boiling water water
- fresh cilantro
- sea salt & pepper to taste
Dice tomatoes and onions and chop the garlic and ginger.
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.
Add red onions, garlic, tomatoes, and ginger.
Slowly add the cumin seeds and turmeric and saute for until fragrant.
Add the lentils and 3 cups of boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes.
Top with cilantro leaves ands erve with basmati rice or naan.