Masoor Dal

Enjoy these curried red lentils with an Indian feast

Massor Dal, on the left, alongside Chickpea Curry

Serves 4 as a side dish


3 ounces red lentils (about 1/3 cup)

1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/2 t salt

1-2 t canola oil

pinch of chili flakes

2 t sweet curry powder

1 1/2 cups water


In a small or medium saucepan, heat the oil. When hot, add the chili flakes. When the pepper darkens, add the curry powder and the onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add water, lentils and salt to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more curry or salt as necessary.