View Full Version : Vegan Tarka Dhal

08-10--2005, 06:38 PM
250g (9oz) split red lentils
1 1/2 tsp ground roasted cumin seed
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 medium onion
1 stock cube for sauteeing onion, or extra oil if preferred
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaf
To finish the dish:
1 tsp sunflower oil, or other flavourless oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp whole cumin seed 1. Wash the lentils well, then drain and place in a pan with the ground cumin, turmeric, grated ginger and about 1 1/4 litres (40fl oz, 5 cups) water.
2. Stir, bring to the boil, then cook, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Cover and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for at least 1/2 hour more. The longer the better - turn the heat right down and cook it for 3 hours if you can.
3. Meanwhile, slice the onion into thin half-moons and brown with stock cube, or use oil if you prefer. Set aside.
4. When the lentils are done, stir in the onions and salt to taste. Add the chopped coriander (cilantro) and stir.
5. Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic. Cook for a minute, stirring, until browned, then add the cumin seed and cook for a few seconds longer. Pour the oil and spices into the dhal, then put on the lid to trap the aromas. Mix well before serving.

Nicked this off the web but is one I have been using for ages although I omitt the coriander as I really dislike the taste :mrgreen: I love Tarka dhal