Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dhall (Red Lentil) Curry

Lentils are an excellent of source of protein for vegetarians and vegans of the world. Lentils are very rich in protein, folic acid, Vitamin C , B and contain eight of the essential amino acids. Although lentils are high in protein, they’re not a complete protein source since they lack two essential amino acids – lysine and isoleucine. For this reason, it’s important to eat lentils with another complimentary plant protein such as brown rice or a protein-rich whole grain to supply the missing amino acids needed to make a complete protein source.

Serves 4-5

100g red lentils washed
1 tsp of each mustard, fenugreek and fennel seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp curry powder
2 green/red chilies chopped
Pinch of asafetida powder (optional)
1 small onion diced
1 tbsp minced garlic and ginger
Few curry leaves and 1 pandan (Rampe) leaf
200ml low fat milk / 100 ml reduced fat coconut cream
1 tbsp ghee (optional)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice


In a pan add washed red lentils, onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies, curry leaves, pandan leaf, turmeric, mustard, fennel, fenugreek seeds, asafetida powder and 200ml water. Mix well, close the lid. Boil for 5-10 minutes until lentils are soft.

Add curry powder, milk and salt to taste. Stir well boil for few more minutes.
Turn off heat add ghee and lemon juice.

Serve with rice or bread or roti.

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