Dhal CurryThis post is by: Kay (my lovely wife and founder of K’s Kitchen!)

I have to apologize for not posting a recipe in a while….It has been really hectic with work in the last few weeks and I just got back to Kosovo from a work trip in Skopje, Macedonia. But that was the great push for me to post the new recipe! After eating almost the same food and way too much meat for 4 days, I was missing spicy Asian food sooooo much. As soon as I got home, I started cooking Dhal, something spicy, easy, and vegetarian!! Oh, eating dhal while watching the World Cup really recuperated me from a hectic and stressful life….and now my husband (that’s Todd for those of you now paying attention) is coming back from the US in 2 days….Life is not bad after all :)

This is a modified version of a recipe from ‘Step by Step Indian Cooking Book’ together with my late-Pakistani friend’s tip from 10 years ago and my own experimentation.

Ingredients (for 2-3 people)

1 cup of red or yellow lentils

3 cups of water

1 teaspoon of salt

3 dried chilies (chopped)

1 teaspoon of Turmeric

1 large onion chopped

2 Tablespoons of oil

2 cloves of garlic (sliced or mashed)

1 teaspoon of ginger (chopped or grated)

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 ripe tomato (chopped)

2 teaspoons of garam masala

3 pieces of cloves

2-3 Tablespoons of coriander (chopped)

Cooked rice

How to cook (cooking/preparation time: 30-40 min)

  1. Wash the lentils and cook with water, salt, chili and turmeric for 20-25 min or until they are completely soft.
  2. Cook the onions in the oil until they turn golden brown and become really soft (this is important!). Then add ginger, garlic, and turmeric and cook for a few minutes. Add 50 cc of water, cover with a lid, and leave it for a few minutes until the water simmers.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until the juice comes out.
  4. Pour 2 and3 (onion and tomatoes) into 1 (lentils), add garam masala, coriander, and cloves, and cook for 5-7 min.
  5. Serve on a dish and garnish with a leaf of coriander in the middle (I forgot to put it on for the photo!).

Eat with cooked rice (or if you prefer, you can eat with rotti or nan).

What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us how your muffins turned out.

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4 Responses to “Spicy Dhal Curry, bring your South Asian adventures home to your friends”

  1. radhikaNo Gravatar says:

    thanks for sharing this recipe.. i usually prepare the south indian style, with coconut added.. this too came out well.. :)

  2. Lusso BagsNo Gravatar says:

    Fresh cilantro makes a delicious addition to dhal. Mmm!

  3. You have an interesting blog!
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  4. kay, perfect recipe that I’ll have to try out very soon – thanks! (making me very nostalgic too for South Asia in general…sigh) :)

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