• prep: 50 min
  • cook: 1 hr
  • total: 1 hr 50 min
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    This is probably the most famous lentil dish coming out of India—yellow lentils tempered with spices and the usual holy trinity of garlic, ginger and chile. It has always been a favorite of mine and it would grace our family dinner table at least once a week when I was growing up. There are lots of different recipes for flavoring the oil (tadka), so play around with your spice pantry and see what you come up with. If you don’t have half of these spices, then don’t worry; just add a tablespoon of your favorite spice paste and it will taste just as delicious.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups dried toor dhal (yellow lentils/yellow split peas), rinsed in several changes of water
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 2 black cardamom pods (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 4 green cardamom pods
    • 6 cloves
    • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 2 scallions, finely sliced
    • 2–3 chiles, any color, seeded if you don’t like it fiery, some chopped and the rest left whole
    • 2 fat cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
    • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • Good pinch of sea salt, or to taste
    • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
    • Lots of chopped cilantro, to garnish

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 0 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
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    • Potassium: 0 mg 0%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 0%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 0 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 0 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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