I know this looks like a hot mess on a plate.
Ok, so its deliciousness is not evident to the naked eye.
Don't judge a book by its cover, because this is a super yummy dish.
It comes from my cousin Mary. I don't actually know her that well, because she always lived on the other side of the country. Thanks to Facebook, I am getting to know her better. She is so sweet, creative and hopefully full of more recipes like this one!
Dal is a dish that is popular in South Asian countries comprised of dried lentils, spices and other such yummy-ness. Yes, I got this info from Wikipedia. I'm sure it is terribly accurate.
2 C. red lentils
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom ( I used curry powder instead)
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 C. broth
1 1/2 C. chopped tomatoes with juice
1/3 C. chopped fresh cilantro (optional~I didn't use this)
2 Tbs. fresh minced ginger
1 fresh jalapeno, minced
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. salt
Sautee onion in oil until translucent. Add cumin seeds, cardamom, and garlic. Stir 2 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, lentils, ginger, pepper, turmeric and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes.
Makes 6 very generous servings.
This dish is meatless, yet full of protein. It is comforting and filling on a cold winter night.
I served mine with a scoop of brown rice and a pile of roasted broccoli. Yum!