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Aruna’s Dal

This is the best tasting dal that I have ever had! Unfortunately, I have no source for yellow lentils so I use regular lentils.

1 cup lentils
cover the lentils with water and boil until soft
1 medium onion chopped
1 heaping teaspoon ginger paste
1 heaping garlic paste
fry until brown. Add
3 roma tomatoes chopped
blend the mixture and add to the lentils plus
2 tablespoons yogurt

one small dried red chile
teaspoon mustard seed
teaspoon cumin seed

Heat the ghee or oil until hot, brown the remaining ingredients and garnish the dal.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


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  2. Guia de Verduras! This is great! I am adding you to my blog roll. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Sounds tasty!

    Thanks for share your recipes.


  4. I make ginger paste by chopping up fresh ginger then either smashing it with the flat of a chef’s knife (like you do with garlic to make a paste) or if I am making a lot I use the blender with a small jar.
    We eat meat but not as much as most gringos.

  5. Do you suppose you can make ginger paste by grinding fresh ginger? Does anything else go in it? Since Thanksgiving I’m really leaning toward vegetarian again.

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  8. fned, try these too http://theresacooks.blogspot.com/2007/12/spicy-lentil-burgers.html
    they are really good, infact I was thinking about making them even though it’s too hot right now for anything except soup!

  9. hmmmm… that’s settled. I’m trying this one out for lunch next saturday!! I’d been wondering what other dishes one can make with lentils, other than lentil soup.


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