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  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1½ tblspn olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tspn salt, or to taste


Wash lentils thoroughly, removing those that float on the surface. Drain lentils well. Heat olive oil and fry onion, ginger and garlic until the onion is golden. Add the powdered turmeric and stir well. Add drained lentils and fry with the onion mixture for 1-2 minutes. Add water, lower heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt, mix thoroughly and continue cooking until lentils are soft, similar consistency to cooked porridge.


Serve the dhal plain or garnish with sliced onions. Eat with boiled rice and Indian breads, pappadams, etc.


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