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Super Simple Lentil Daal


Howdy all!  How was your weekend?  Did everybody have a grand time?  It was windy as all get out around here.  I don’t know why it is, but in Minnesota you can always bet money on the fact that on the days that finally get a little warmer there will be such a strong wind that you won’t even tell a difference anyway. 🙂

I finally got my hair cut.  I was waiting until it got a little warmer.  No lie, but I like to keep my hair longer in the winter because it is SUPER thick and it’s like a nice blanket for my neck.  Haha.  But as soon as the spring and summer humidity kicks in I have to get it cut.  It’s like a sauna.  I even went for a few bangs this time, although I didn’t go all the way with it.  Just a bang tease.  I haven’t had honest to goodness bangs since I was 13, so I was a little hesitant.  But I think it looks good with my face shape, so next time I’m going full bangs. 😎

I cannot remember the last time I talked so much about hair.  Has anyone else been searching for their perfect length from birth like me?

There really is no way to transition from talking about hair to daal, so let’s just awkwardly move there, shall we?  🙂  I guess sometimes when I get my hair cut I think about food.  There’s the transition!  Woohoo!

Now, I’m not a big meat eater as you’ve probably noticed.  On their birthdays or during times of celebration some people love a big ol’ steak.  But sugar has always been my poison.  So in normal day to day life I usually eat a lot of beans, lentils, tofu, etc.  Hey, I’d probably be pretty dang healthy if it weren’t for that pie, huh?  🤔  Hmm.  One step at a time, right?  😉


Anyway, one of my favorite non-meat foods is daal.  I’ll tell you…give me a plate of daal and some naan and I am one content kitten.

I’m sure this daal is not exactly the most authentic thing in the world, but if it’s good enough for Pippa Middleton to serve to her friends at parties, who am I to judge?  She probably knows what she’s doing. What’s great about this daal is you can really season it to your preference.  I usually swap out some of the broth for coconut milk because that’s just how I roll.  The time this dish takes to cook really depends on the type of lentil you use.  The first time I made it I made the mistake of using the lentils that take about an hour to cook.  It was delicious, but kind of annoying to have to go back and keep adding broth to keep the lentils from drying out.  So watch out if you experiment with different lentils like I did.  Other than that, this dish pretty much makes itself.  And a proposition like that makes me want to break out in a Julie Andrews anthem. 😉

Have a fantastic week!


(From a daal recipe in Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Family and Friends by Pippa Middleton)

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Super Simple Lentil Daal
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 grated and peeled 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 diced green chili
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree (I've used tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 14 ounces of split yellow lentils, rinsed
  • 2½ cups vegetable broth plus more as needed (you can replace ¾ of a cup or more with coconut milk if desired)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat add the oil, ginger, green chili, puree, spices, and garlic.
  2. Fry until spices become fragrant.
  3. Make sure you've rinsed your lentils, then add them to the pan along with the broth.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, adding additional broth or water as needed to keep lentils from drying out. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat April 5, 2016, 8:38 am

    Haha I love your transition from talking about hair to daal! Too funny! Looks amazing!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry April 5, 2016, 10:00 am

    I love dal, but I have never attempted to make it at home. You recipe seems so easy though.

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:32 am

      Thanks, Nicole! I could eat it every day.

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen April 5, 2016, 10:39 am

    Weather is not quite pleasant here! Dark, cold and rainy. But I think this delicious daal would sure make me feel better! Love all the hearty ingredients you have used here! GOOD share!

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:33 am

      Thanks! I hope the weather turns around!

  • Aria April 5, 2016, 5:06 pm

    Hahaha…go ahead and break out in the Julie Andrews anthem. I’ll join you! Haha. I’ve never heard of daal! But it honestly sounds really good! Congrats on your haircut. How long is it now? I’ve been growing mine from ear length for four years, and now it’s at the hips. Quite fun to see the process. (said in a proper British accent, of course)

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:35 am

      Ah yes, quite fun! 😉 My hair is about shoulder length now. It hasn’t been this short in ages. But my hair grows so fast in a week it’ll probably be as long as yours. Haha. Take care!

  • Michele @TwoRaspberries April 5, 2016, 8:52 pm

    I have never made daal before but this looks great! especially with lentils YUM 😉

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:36 am

      Thanks, Michele! I have been eating my share of lentils lately for sure.

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks April 5, 2016, 8:58 pm

    Can I spin my skirt on a mountain top? I’m over the moon for these lentils and I’ll sing with you and Julie Andrews any day! 🙂

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:38 am

      Thanks! Girl of course you can spin that skirt. I just bought a maxi dress so I’ll be spinning too. 😉 If it ever gets about fifty degrees here, that is.

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop April 6, 2016, 6:31 am

    I haven’t cooked a lot with lentils, but I have some in my pantry. I’ve just never been too sure what to do with them. I will have to give your daal recipe a try!

    • Amanda April 6, 2016, 8:40 am

      Thanks! I had some sitting around for a long time too. I was always under the impression that they were similar to beans where you have to soak them for quite a while before using. But luckily they don’t need all that fuss! 😀

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen April 6, 2016, 10:55 am

    I’ve eaten daal before at restaurants but I’ve never made it at home. Will have to try it!

    • Amanda April 8, 2016, 1:18 pm

      I love ordering daal at restaurants. I could just fill up on a plate of that!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina April 7, 2016, 10:13 am

    I have lentils in my pantry! I’m a happy girl! Love it, Amanda!

    • Amanda April 8, 2016, 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Annie! I think I’ve definitely started a love affair with lentils!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker April 8, 2016, 5:28 am

    I’ve always had long hair and wish I had the guts to go short, but I really don’t know what it would look like on me! Luckily I have no fears about trying this daal 😉 It’s one of my favorite dishes to make. This version sounds and looks phenomenal!

    • Amanda April 8, 2016, 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Megan! I love that it’s one of your favorite dishes to make. I only first had it about a year ago and I wish I had discovered it sooner. So good!

  • Manali@CookWithManali April 11, 2016, 5:49 pm

    You need to visit me and I will make you eat a different dal everyday 😉 I grew up eating dal 365 days a year, no break and no exceptions (well what else you expect from an India :P!!) so this is totally comfort food for me.

    • Amanda April 12, 2016, 2:47 pm

      That sounds wonderful. I can’t imagine a better food to eat every day. I’d never get sick of it!

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