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Vegan Indian Recipes - Beans, Pulses, Legumes, Dals
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Lentil Dal 1
From: Trish Carr

This is one of our favorites.
We make Indian Tacos out of this Dal, spreading it on chapitis and topping with the same chopped fresh veggies we use for bean tacos -- lettuce, onions and tomatoes.
It also tastes great with chopped cukes.
I like hot sauce on them.

Serving Size: 3 - 6

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 piece kombu -- optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 small onion -- finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons miso -- light barley (substitute salt to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable broth -- optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves -- chopped
Rinse lentils thoroughly and combine with kombu, if desired, in a 2-quart saucepan.
Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil over moderate heat.
Skim off foam, reduce heat to low and stir in turmeric.
Loosely cover pot and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 to 60 minutes, until lentils are tender -- they'll separate into a thick layer on the bottom and a liquid layer on top.
Turn off heat and cover tightly.

Place cumin seeds in an ungreased, heavy-bottomed skillet.
Cook over low to moderate heat, stirring or agitating plan often to keep seeds from burning.
Remove seeds from pan and grind seeds to a coarse consistency with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.
Add coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne and grine again.
Set aside.

Heat oil or oil/margarine in a skillet over moderate heat.
Saute onion until tender.
Add spice mixture and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to keep spices from burning.
Stir in cooked lentils.
Turn heat to low, cover pan and cook about 5 minutes, until mixture is hot and flavors are blended.

Whisk together lemon juice and miso.
Stir into lentil mixture.
If too thick, thin with broth (or use water or coconut milk).
Serve warm.
One delicious way to eat this is to make tacos.
Spread on chapitis or tortillas.
Garnish with shredded lettuce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, or any other taco condiments.Use a hot sauce if desired.