Are you one of those people who has inspirational post-its taped to your computer monitor? Do you write weird random messages to yourself? I ask because I am one of those people.
My co-workers are already used to many of my weird habits: my giant green smoothies for breakfast, how I have to talk out loud as I write my emails, my growing forest of office plants… I could go on, but I will spare myself the embarrassment.
My most recent addition to my post-it monitor collection is a rather simple, strange message: Eat more dal. You’re worth it. Very true.
Dal is a thick lentil stew cooked with spices that is traditionally eaten in India. It is one of my favorite dishes and is the perfect hearty, protein-rich meal. Dal goes well with rice, vegetables, and flat-bread for an easy meal – perfect for any weeknight dinner or a Sunday supper. If you are looking for simple comfort food and a nourishing dish then this dal is for you. You’re worth it.
Simple Lentil Dal
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 – 6
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 1 cup yellow lentils
- 1 cup grey-green lentils
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 4.5 cups vegetable broth
- cilantro for garnish (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste (if desired)
- Add the olive oil to a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for an additional minute. Add the lentils, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, turmeric, cumin, tomato paste, and broth. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer. Let cook for 20 – 30 minutes, until lentils are tender. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.