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Delicious Pakistani Dhal

What you need: 

3 cups water or vegetable stock
1 cup dry red lentils
4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 medium-sized ginger root, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, diced or crushed
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

What you do: 

1. Heat water or stock in pot until boiling. Add lentils and boil for one minute. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer lentils until they resemble a thick paste.
2. While lentils are simmering, heat oil in frying pan. Add onion, ginger, and garlic; fry until soft. Add curry, coriander, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper; saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes; saute for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add fried spice mixture into lentil paste, stir and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve as is or over basmati rice.

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4 to 6
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

OH MY GOODNESSSS!!! Super Awesome recipe!!!!!

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i made this again last night. but i didn't have any onions so i used a couple potatoes. i also cooked the lentils in veggie broth and added more spices. i really really liked it this time! yum!

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this wasn't bad, but it tasted pretty bland for me. i think if i make again i will use veggie broth, and fewer lentils and more tomatoes or possibly another vegetable.

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this is my absolute favorite dahl recipe! it's delicious as is, but you can adapt it any way that you like--it will still be incredible! for a smoother texture, i use a mixture of tomato paste and sriracha instead of the chopped tomatoes. it's also really good for those who aren't huge lentil fans.

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what size can of tomatoes should i use?

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I loved this recipe. I just ate a ton of it! The spices work great with the flavor of lentils. Edit: The leftovers were to die for. :D

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REALLY good, except I put too much ginger...that's ok, I enjoyed it anyways...always put more spice, that's how I like it :o)

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This dish was so amazing. I followed the recipe exactly. Thank you for sharing!

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My husband liked this alot, and I thought it was pretty good too.  I wasn't sure how much ginger to add, but 2 tbsp (chopped) seemed about right.  Very flavorful. Thanks for the recipe.

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This recipe is beyond fantastic!  I have made it several times and will probably never grow tired of it.  I doubled the amount of onion and garlic for extra tang.  The first time I made it I had no rice and had to serve it over couscous which worked out just fine.

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