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Spicy Coconut Lentils (some sort of Dahl)

A French friend cooked this dish for me and another friend and I absolutely loved it (I helped myself to 3 plates… :P).

serves 4

  • 225g red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 piece of ginger (2.5 cm)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 400ml water
  • lemon juice
  • 5 tomatoes (peeled, seeded, diced)
  • salt and ground black pepper

Peel and finely chop the garlic, ginger and onion. Peel the carrot and then cut it into small cubes.

Heat the oil in a frying pan, fry the onion translucent, then add the garlic, ginger and carrot. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the turmeric, garam masala and paprika powder, stir well, cook for 1 minute, make sure it doesn’t burn.

Add the lentils, coconut milk, water and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer covered for 30-45 minutes, stir occasionally (if you’re in a hurry, I think 10-20 minutes will do – when I cook red lentils they’re often ready after only 5 minutes… 😉 ).

Season with lemon juice, salt and black pepper and cook for another fifteen minutes.

Garnish with fresh coriander or toasted almond slices.

Serve with rice if you like.

Bon appétit


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This entry was posted on 13/01/2012 by in Cultures, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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