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Brown Lentils (Masoor Dal)

 This is a healthy recipe for this time of the year. I love lentils and they are great for your health. I hope you enjoy this recipe. This is my mom's recipe, except in this recipe, I am not using any oil.  Serves: 3-4   Ingredients 1 cup brown lentils 2 bay leaves 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and minced 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, OR as desired 2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground garam masala 2 teaspoons sea salt 1/4 chopped cilantro   Method Wash lentils under cold running water, drain. Soak lentils in two cups water, set aside for an hour. After an hour, in a 3 qt sauce pan over medium heat, boil...

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Garlic Lentils

I love lentils, and this is one of my favorite lentil recipes. Garlic infused, or you can even infuse this recipe with Ginger, and it takes lentils to yet another level. I hope you enjoy it!   YouTube: Garlic Lentils   Serves: 4 Ingredients   8 curry leaves, each chopped in half and then thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed, and chopped 1 large Roma tomato, roughly chopped 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 cup French lentils 1 Tablespoon jaggery OR brown sugar   Seasoning: 3 Tablespoons ghee 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds A pinch of asafetida 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric    3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro   Instructions Rinse lentils twice under cold running water. Add 2 cups...

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Bengal Lentils

Back to lentils, this is the no.1 lentil recipe of Bengal, I have been told. In March of last year, we had the no.1 chef of India visit DC, and I had the opportunity to eat food cooked by him. When I tasted this lentil dish prepared by his team, it was exactly how I make it at home. I felt so good that day, really really good :) It was more like a compliment to myself. I wish I was able to work with him for years, and I just hope that I keep doing a good job at something that I love the most...FOOD.Serves: 4Ingredients1 cup split yellow peas (chana dal), soaked in 2 cups water overnight2 tablespoons...

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Lentils with Wheat Rolls (Dal Baati)

I am not sure if because of MahaShivratri (a big Indian festival devoted to Lord Shiva), follow link to learn more about the festival:Daal Baati is a very traditional recipe from the state of Rajasthan. Daal is a thick lentil preparation and Baati is a wheat dough that is simply baked over charcoal pieces. Usually the Baati is dipped in ghee and then daal is poured over it. Of course, with a drizzle of ghee again.Some people boil Baati in water and then bake it, if you do that, then add turmeric powder to the dough and your baati will be yellow in color. If you do not want to boil your Baati, then turmeric is not necessary. Some add...

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24-hour Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is usually cooked overnight in a tandoor (clay oven) when after a full day's of heat for baking naan, meat etc. the tandoor is cooling down overnight. At homes, we do not have this luxury, and hence Dal Makhani is cooked over gas stove on low heat for a couple of hours, it may seem long but its worth the effort. Serves: 8 Ingredients 1/2 cup red kidney beans, raw 1/2 cup chickpea lentils 1 cup black split lentils (skin-on) 1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tablespoons) 2 medium Roma tomatoes, pureed in a food processor with 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Spice blend 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, freshly ground 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1...

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