Dal is the Indian name for lentils, includinng red split lentils. You can make a dal dish wiht the consistency of a soup or thicker, to serve as a wholesome vegetarian stew.
- In a deep pan, heat ghee and cook onion for a couple of minutes, until it softens a little. Then add onion, ginger, garlic, garam masala and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add dal to the pan and quickly mix with the onion and spices. For a soup, pour 4 cups of water, for a thicker dish, use only 2.
- Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, adding more water when necessary, or until dal lentils are very soft.
- Serve immediately or, for a soup, use a food processor to make a thick puree.
There is no need to soak red split lentils.
Garam masala for a dal dish: 1 tsp cumin seed or 1/2 tsp ground cumin; 1 tsp coriander seed or 1/2 tsp ground coriander;1 cardamom, toasted and crushed; 1 pinch ground turmeric; 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper; 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed, toasted and crushed.