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Dal Bhaat

What you need: 

scan't 1 cup red lentils
2 teaspoon garlic-
pinch of tumeric
1 green chili, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
2-3 whole dried chilis
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon chopped chives

What you do: 

Put unsoaked lentils in medium, heavy saucepan, wash with 2 or three changes of water, then drain. Add 2 1/2 cups water, G&G paste, tumeric, green chili. Bring to a boil gradually over medium heat, lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon to help break up lentils, cook for about 10 more minutes, until lentils are soft and mushy. Use pam or good non-stick pan to temper spices. Add garlic, whole dry chiles and cumin seeds to hot pan. As soon as seeds sizzle, and garlic pales to pink, about 2 minutes, pour into lentils. Stir it well and simmer another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with garam masala and chives just before serving. Pull out chillis if you wish.
GINGER and GARLIC PASTE 4 oz. ginger root, lightly scraped washe'd and cut into chunks, and the same amount of garlic, peeled. Put ingredients in a blender with a very little water, just to help grinding. Spoon into airtight jar and store in fridge, or freeze it. Total calories, 72.
This recipe was adapted from Indian Lowfat Cooking: The key to a healthy and exotic diet by Roshi Razzaq

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pretty awesome, especially when youre low on ingredients

i actually wanted to "cream" it up a bit, so I added some soymilk and it worked well


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