There are times when there is nothing more comforting than a simple lentil curry. Spiced with attention, showcasing staples from the pantry, and vibrant tomatoes from my backyard garden, simplicity in this case steals the show. In my opinion, such easy dals, especially suited for busy midweek meals, are sometimes just as good, maybe even better, than more elaborate preparations. The creamy texture of the dal is an ideal base for rich and pungent spices and audacious hot chilies. In fact, this dish is so delightful and flavorful, it deserves a spot on any table with an Indian theme, no matter the occasion or lack thereof.
Here I have used red lentils along with some split mung beans for extra earthy flavor and texture. Feel free to just use red lentils if you don't have mung beans on hand, though I did particularly enjoy the earthy component the mung added to the dish. Any Indian savory flat bread would go along well with the meal, but if you are pressed for time, serve with some hot basmati or jasmine rice and a vegetable side dish. I opted for a corn and green pea curry to complement the meal.
This was my evening meal, as I wanted a bit of a vegan cleanse after indulging in more filling meals prior, but do consider making this up for lunch — much better than canned vegetable soups with all of their additive glory in the mix. It all comes together in hardly any time at all and tastes just as good the next day. The recipe can easily be doubled if you are feeding a larger crowd.
|Red Lentil and Moong Dal|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on September 2, 2013
Deceptively quick and simple, this creamy lentil curry simmered in a seasoned tomato gravy is bursting with sweet, earthy and spicy flavors — a terrific solution for midweek meals without a lot of time for planning or cooking
I'm sharing this with Ricki's Wellness Weekend.
More lentil delights from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen you are sure to enjoy:
Brown Lentils and Moong Dal in a Cashew-Almond Sauce
Curried Red Lentil Soup
Ethiopian Lentil & Mustard Salad (Azefa)
Lentil Dumplings Simmered in a Sweet Tamarind Sauce
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