Saturday, June 10, 2023

Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Curry

Since I had my chemo done and completed, I have been adding a lot of lentils and bean veggies into my diet. And to have more gluten free food added to my diet. Having said that , my staple food has changed too from rice to Roti or aka Chapati made from Wholewheat flour. So my curry cooking adventure has began. I have a favourite channel on YouTube - Curries with Bumbi and it's my reference for healthy curries and side dishes to go with my Roti. 

Today I tried her Masoor Dal aka Red Lentil Curry. It was so good that it's a keeper. Even my picky husband say it tasty and smells very good. Lightly spiced yet flavourful. Adding last the Ghee oil and crispy shallots helps deepen the flavour brings the dish to another level. This recipe is low in calories, high in fiber and protein and it is gluten free too...very suitable for cancer survivors. I cooked this for our Chapati meals. As long as it is good for health , it will be a keeper for sure. Easy to prepare too. 
I used this brand of Ghee from NZ

after the chilli paste and tomatoes has soften into a paste, and oil has separated,  add in the pressured cook red lentils, mashed the lentils but leave some unmashed for texture in the curry
 pressured cooked the red lentils first for easy cooking
add in the chopped tomatoes into the 
sauteed chilli paste and spice and cooked till soften and oil and separated
saute the chilli paste, spice and red onions till fragrant and oil has separated

Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Curry Recipe 

2.5 cups of red lentils, washed and pressured cook for 10 mins -  6 cups of water to 2.5 cups of lentils

2 large tomatoes- diced
1 large red onions - diced

Paste (A)
4 tbsp of chilli powder
1tbsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp of Cummin powder
1/2 tsp Halba * optional

Paste (B) blend all ingredients into paste
3 shallots 
4 garlics
2 slices of ginger

4 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste

Garnishing ingredients
Crispy garlic
Ghee oil
2 dried chillies
Chopped coriander - optional

For cooking method click link to Curries with Bumbi

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