Slowcooker Dal

By iheartarugula
May 15, 2011
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Author Notes: My friends Amy and Chris (Food52 regulars) had a recession-theme party the night of the last inauguration and I brought this soup. Not only is it cheap and tasty, but because it's made in a slowcooker, it's easy too.

I like soup year round, but as it gets warmer I like standing at the stove less, so this recipe is perfect!

Serves: 6-8

  • 1 pound lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or jarred pureed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Place lentils, garlic, carrots, onions, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt in slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken broth and water and stir to combine,
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, curry powder and cayenne. Stir and cover.
  5. Cook another 1-2 hours or until lentils are soft and vegetables are tender.

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