Red Lentils – Tarka Dal

You can turn, a somewhat tasteless ingredients into a feast. The additions of spices and aromates make this dish such a wonderful accompaniment to any respectable Indian Dinner.
Cook the lentils first with some Turmeric and add a can of chopped tomatoes. Cook at medium heat and when cooked, mush half the lentils into a puree.

165 Gr. of Red Lentils
350 Ml of Water
1 Teaspoon Turmeric
400 Gr. can of chopped tomatoes
4 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 Garlic Clove peeled and crushed
6 Curry Leaves (You can use dry leaves or like me frozen fresh leaves)
1 Dried Red Chillies (Optional) I often use 1/2 Teaspoon of Chilli flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Asafoetida

In a heavy saucepan, bring the lentils and water to a boil. Add the turmeric and cook until the lentils are soft and the water has almost evaporated.
Mash the lentils with the back of a spoon. Add the salt and tomatoes and mix well. You may need to add some water, check for thickness. It should at this point, still quite runny.
In a frying pan, add the vegetable oil and fry the garlic and all the spices until they start to dance in the pan.
Pour the oil and spices over the lentils and cover. After 5 minutes, mix well and garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Make sure your pan for frying the spices is very, very hot. Then you can pour the oil and wait until it starts to smoke.
If you have leftover, you can add 1 or 2 cups of water and make a wonderful soup the following day. Simply squeeze some lemon juice over each bowl and serve with Chapatis.

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  1. Bonjour Rene Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces belles recettes. Vous allez bien ? Comment ça se passe chez vous ? Nous confinement depuis aujourd’hui avec l’armée dans les rues, couvre feu à partir de 18 h !! Un truc de fou. Bises à vous deux Évelyne

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    1. Bonjour Evelyne – Oui nous allons bien. Nous sommes confines a la maison comme tout le monde. Les mesures deviennent de plus en plus severes et on demande aux gens de rester a la maison. Rien de nouveau, puisque nous avons deja ces mesures en place depuis bientot 3 semaines. Louise est en mode recuperation apres une operation au genou et profite de cette periode de convalescence pour se remettre. Les specialistes croient que nous atteindrons le PEAK cette semaine.. croisons les doigts. A bientot XXX


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