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Spicy Exotic Daal

27 Dec

Spicy Exotic Daal

This is one of my favourite recipes that I have learned from an Indian Goddess. It is a bit of work to make but well worth it!

a cup of dried black lentils

1/4 cup of dried kidney beans

one large onion chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic chopped

a handful of chopped fresh cilantro

2-3 tomatoes chopped

a spoon or two of butter

several spoons of heavy cream

a spoon or two of garam masala spice

a spoon or two of turmeric powder

a pinch or two of cardamon powder

one dried red chili pepper ground up

salt to taste

2 green onions finely chopped

Rinse lentils and kidney beans and place in bowl with lots of water to cover and soak overnight. Then the next day, drain and rinse the beans/lentil well. Place in a pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to gently boiling. Cook until beans are tender 45min-60min. meanwhile, in a blender, puree the tomatoes, onion and garlic. In a large pan, heat butter on medium heat. When butter is heated, add the garam masala, turmeric, chili, cardamon and salt. Stir well and mix completely in the butter for about a minute. Then add the pureed tomato mixture to the pan. Stir well to mix all the spices and reduce heat to a simmer. When the beans/lentils are cooked, drain and rinse and add them to the pan. Stir well and cook for 10-15 min on low heat. Then add the heavy cream to the pan and stir. Remove from heat and serve. Serve with cooked rice and naan bread. Add a little cilantro and green onion on top for a nice garnish.


tip: cook spices in butter a little longer to create a more spicy flavour. Just be careful to not overcook the spices as they will burn easily!


photo by: Maitri on flickr.com