Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Green Lentils Dhal / Daal Recipe

My tasty green lentils dhal recipe is a fantastic accompaniment to most meals. You can eat it with bread, rice and even chips (fries).

It is a dry dhal recipe and which not only uses green lentils but green petite pois peas too.

Green lentils are very healthy for you as they contain lots of vitamins and minerals like Iron, Folate, Copper, Maganese and even the happy chemical Tryptophan - as well as being high in fibre.

I also use my mild curry powder and 2 red chillies pepper to make this green lentil dhal recipe but you can add more or less chilli to suite your tastes. This is a dhal that taste very good without any heat at all so it is up to you.

Ingredients for green lentil dal

3 Portobello Mushrooms
1 Cup cooked Green Lentils
1/2 - 3/4 Frozen Petite Pois Peas
1 Carrot (diced)
Rice bran oil
2 Tomatoes
1 Garlic clove (minced)
2 Inch fresh ginger (grated)
3-4 Tbsp Water
Salt to season
3 tsp dried methi leaves
Large pinch Dried curry leaves
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1 Large tsp Jeenas mild curry powder
2 Red chillies (diced)
Fresh coriander

How to make a Green Lentil Dhal

In a small blender place tomatoes, curry leaves, methi, cayenne and turmeric and blend into a paste.

Use a fair amount of oil in a large pan.

On a medium heat cook your carrots for 5-7 minutes.

Add garlic and ginger, stir very well and cook for one minute.

Add the curry powder stir well and cook for one more minute.

Add tomato paste base and red chillies to the carrots, stir well.

Season the daal with salt and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.

Do not boil or you will destroy the spices.

Add frozen peas and cumin simmer for a 5 minutes then add mushrooms.

Simmer for another 10 minutes.

Add the tablespoons of water as you go along to loosen the dhal only.

Rinse the cooked lentils, drain then add to the dhal.

Stir very well and simmer until the lentils are heated through.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander.

Enjoy Chef Jeenas tasty green lentils daal recipe.


Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks utterly delicious and very tempting!!!

Lisa said...

I love all the extra vegetables. Very colorful.

Bridgett said...

A perfect and flavorful side dish, Jeena! I definitely need to incorporate more lentils into my diet.

Parita said...

Wow the curry looks totally delicious

Pooja said...

Wow looks delicious. Its lunch time and makes me want to have it right from the plate! Bookmarked it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

The kind of dish I love! Delicious!



Ann said...

Love the spice and gravy consistency.. Looks very delicious!

lissie said...

Jeena, this is a really healthy and tasty dish...a good side dish for rice!

Madhumathi said...

The curry looks fantastic..I can't stop drooling here!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Delicious Dhal Jeena...I have never tried mushrooms with lentils...sounds like an interesting combination...looks colorful too :)

Cynthia said...

Interesting chunky dal. Nice!

rahin said...

i love lentils , gotta try thisrecipe soon

farida said...

Looks good! Coriander (my fav fresh herbs) must be adding nicely to it.

Anonymous said...

There isn't an ingredient in the dish that I don't like. Looks great.

Anonymous said...

I just read that lentils are one fo the 'superfoods' that add lots of nutrients, fiber and help encourage weight loss. Leave it to Chef Jeena to come up with this sumptuous (and original) recipe for lentils! Every recipe she publishes seems divinely inspired.

Anonymous said...

why doesn't everyone comment after you've made the dish, i think that would a lot more helpful