I love curries and dals of all types and frequently make a large pot on Sunday to provide myself (and sometimes family members) with lunch for the rest of the week. This is a very forgiving and flexible recipe and I use whatever other vegetables are in my pantry. Sometimes I substitute shallots for the onion or a carrot for the red pepper. Depending on the herbs in my refrigerator I add a large handful or a few handfuls of spinach or other dark leafy greens at the end. I ended up throwing in about 1/3 cup of pearled barley because I found it in my cabinet. It thickened up the dal nicely. —testkitchenette
bag of lentils, washed and picked over
large yellow onion, diced
red pepper, diced
garlic cloves, finely chopped
inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
curry powder, toasted in a small pan over low heat
yellow mustard seeds, toasted with curry powder in a small pan over low heat
salsa (1 28oz. can tomatoes whizzed in blender with 1 bunch cilantro with salt to taste and juice of 1 lime)
In a large pot combine the lentils and water and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes. In a dry frying pan over low heat, toast the curry powder and mustard seeds until fragrant. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.
In the frying pan that the spices were toasted in, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat and saute the onions, garlic, and ginger until onions are translucent. Add the red pepper and cook for about another 10 minutes. Add the curry powder and mustard seeds to the vegetables and cook for a few minutes. Add in the salsa and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer while the lentils are cooking.
Add the vegetables and coconut milk mixture to the lentils. Pour in the pearled barley and bring to a boil again. Add the salt and pepper. Knock the heat back to low and cook for about 20 minutes.
If adding spinach/greens/herbs add them before serving.