Indian Red Lentil Dip
 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups red lentils, thoroughly rinsed
  • 2½ cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped (use more or less and discard seeds according to heat preference)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon asaefoetida (aka hing)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of Kashmiri chile powder (or cayenne pepper)
  • Small pinch of cinnamon
  • Small pinch of cloves
  • Juice of one lime
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for serving
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. For the Dal: Place the rinsed lentils, vegetable stock, tomatoes, and salt in a stock pot.
  2. For the Chaunk: Heat the oil in a small skillet over high heat and add the mustard and cumin seeds. Fry until the mustard seeds begin to pop, about 10 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the chilies, garlic and ginger. Fry for another 20 seconds. Add the onion and fry until soft and a light caramelized brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the turmeric, chile powder, asaefoetida, coriander, turmeric, chile powder, cinnamon and cloves and stir to combine.
  3. Combine the Dal and Chaunk: Scrape the contents of the skillet into the stock pot. Stir to combine and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are done are are a thick consistency.
  4. Before serving, add the lime juice, a little at a time, according to taste. Add more salt as needed. Serve sprinkled with fresh chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with naan bread, toasted pita or flatbread, or vegetables.
Recipe by The Daring Gourmet at https://www.daringgourmet.com/indian-red-lentil-dip/