Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Raising to the challenge

I would first like to say well played Becky well played.  The first post with pictures and everything.  I am sorry to say that my post will not have pictures and I didn't invent the dish myself but it is still delicious.  As you all may or may not know A friend of mine just recently left Ljubljana and I inherited a number of the thing that she didn't want to take with her and one of the things that I inherited is a large amount of lentils.  Now I am not one to waste something but I have been having a hard time finding lentil recipes which are not soups until I came across this one.

This is called Masoor Daal (I believe that it is an Indian dish)

Step 1:  Bring 1 cup of red lentils to a boil with one 1 inch piece of peeled ginger in the pot, once pot has boiled for 2 minutes reduce the heat and simmer for about 8 minutes or until lentils are soft.

Step 2:  While the lentils are boiling add a generous amount of oil to a pot and saute 1 chopped onion until translucent

Step 3:  Add 1 teaspoon of cumin (either seeds or ground cumin), 1/4 teaspoon of tumeric, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Step 4: Drain the lentils and add to the onions and let flavors combine for a few minutes over low heat

Step 5: Eat with rice and bread or if you are feeling like something a little different eat with eggs and with a little cheese on top for breakfast.

Step 6: start the whole process over again because it was delicious and super cheap to make.

Dad/Mom what happened to that recipe which you said that you were going to be posting soon?  I expected that you would be the first post.  Also Becky I must admit when I started to read your post I thought that you had actually went ahead and posted perogies (spelling ?) and sausage and I was preparing to mock you.


  1. Ummm sounds delicious!!! I like lentils! I don't think that I can get fresh ginger here though... any other suggestions?

  2. Netty the ginger is not necessary and I actually question the degree of flavor that it adds to the dish. The next time I make this dish I am going to try it without the ginger.

  3. This sounds great. Too bad we didn't have pictures. I'm a visual person and like pictures with my recipes. I'll just have to try to visualize this. But I do enjoy working with lentils so will have to try this out.


  4. Thanks for the recipe Wes, I tried it tonight, with a little adjustments. I added tomatoes, pepper and spinach too add vegies to the meal. Very tasty!!