1 cup red lentils, rinsed
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon Indian chili powder or cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
4 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1. Add water, coriander powder, chili powder and salt to lentils.
2. Cook over a medium low heat until lentils are mushy but still retaining some distinctive texture. (You may want to adjust the water and/or cooking time to the consistency that you prefer.)
3. When the lentils are nearly finished cooking, saute the garlic in the oil on a low heat until it's golden, with a tinge of brown. Add this to the dal.
4. Stir and serve. Adjust seasonings as desired.
As simple as this recipe is, it is truly delicious and satisfying. Coupled with steamed basmati rice it is a complete protein and very nutritious. You need only add some vegetables on the side for a beautifully balanced meal.