Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Masala Masoor (Lentil Stew With Onions & Tomatoes)

A simple lentil stew to serve with rice or roti or on its own. Chellu approved :)

4 Servings


1 cup lentils (whole Masoor)
1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp whole Jeera (Cumin seeds)
4 thin slices Fresh Ginger, finely chopped
1 hot green chili (Jalapeno or Serrano)
1 small onion, chopped
A couple of pinches salt
1/2 tsp ground Turmeric
4 small tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp Garam Masala (a spice mix)

1/4 cup chopped Cilantro


Sort, wash and cook the lentils with the salt in water to cover until soft. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large pan (2 quart/liter size) and cook the cumin seeds until lightly browned and fragrant. Add ginger and green chili and saute for a few seconds.

Stir in onions with the salt & turmeric and cook until lightly browned.

Add tomatoes, mix well and cook until soft.

Stir in garam masala and the cooked lentils. Bring to a boil stirring often and turn off the heat.

Cover and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Mix in the chopped cilantro before serving.

Serve hot over rice or with any kind of wholegrain flat bread.

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