4 April 2010

Meatless Day Challenge - Chana Dahl

This week has been quite hectic.  Easter was fast approaching and I had plans on baking hot cross buns and a  breakfast feast for Easter Sunday.  However, time got the better of me and I didn't get the chance to do what I had planned.  I did, however, make the time for our meatless day challenge as I knew the weekend was going to be full of eating and not to mention the eating of lots and lots of  Easter eggs.

This week I decided to cook Chana Dahl.  Hubby and I recently discovered an Indian Supermarket in our local area and bought many ingredients that I wanted to try out.  I've only cooked with lentils once before and I remember liking it.  I came across this recipe and wanted to try it so much.  It turned out really delicious and filling. I will definitely be making this again.

  • 200g dry lentils
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbl ginger and garlic puree
  • 1 tbl red chilli powder
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  1. Soak the lentils in fresh water for an hour
  2. Cook the lentils with the turmeric and salt in enough water just to cover until tender but not completely cooked and the water has evaporated. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the cumin seeds and fry until they crackle.
  4. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown
  5. Stir in the ginger and garlic puree and the chilli powder
  6. Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until you have a course puree
  7. Add the parcooked lentils and simmer gently until they are tender.
  8. To serve, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fresh green chilli

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Bon Appetite,


/* */ Divina Pe said...

Yum, that looks great and the colors are beautiful. But I'm also craving for some cross buns the moment you mentioned. :) Thanks for the link.

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

I wish I could eat chickpeas. But I will try using Divina soaking method and see what my reaction is.

/* */ Trisha said...

Mmmm chickpeas! I can only have so much of this because of how heavy it is but given the right seasoning like your recipe, I think I can give it another go! :)

/* */ Caroline said...

this is something my kids will love, they love chickpeas so will give this recipe a try.

/* */ Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

I really like Chana Dahl. I cooked a massive batch last year and froze individual portions. I a them with toast when I could not be bothered cooking. It was very nice. I like your recipe too.

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