Lentil Curry

Adapted from Vij's Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine
Yield: 6 servings

1/2 cup green lentils
1/2 cup red lentils
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger, grated
3/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  1. Place lentils, water, salt, and turmeric in a large pot and stir.
  2. Bring lentils to a boil, then stir and cover most of the pot with the lid.
  3. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  4. While the lentils are cooking, melt the butter in a shallow frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle for 15 seconds.
  6. Add onions and saute until brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add ginger, tomatoes, and cayenne and saute, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes or until the oil glistens on top.
  8. Pour masala into the pot with the hot cooked lentils and stir well.
  9. Just before serving, stir in cilantro.