Vegan Dal

Posted by: on Feb 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

I have taken to making dal at the beginning of the week for a quick and easy lunch option (around 4 lunches so probably about 4 servings). I really love this dish because it’s versatile. I can eat it in a bowl with fresh cilantro and chopped veggies or make it into a wrap. I get a few lunches and don’t have to feel like I’m eating the same thing every day.  Initially I looked up a recipe, but it used butter and heavy cream. I don’t keep either of those things around and rarely consume them (usually at other people’s houses). Fortunately, coconut oil has a really nice and buttery taste.

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils (I usually soak my lentils overnight.)

2-3 Tbs. coconut oil (you could use butter)

1/2 onion

2-3 small diced tomatoes

Powdered ginger, garlic, and paprika (you could also use fresh garlic and ginger)

Salt

Pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat coconut oil in a saute pan on medium.
  2. Add chopped onions and saute until clear.
  3. Add lentils and chopped tomatoes.
  4. Add a little water, enough to just cover the lentils (about 1 cup).
  5. Add salt and pepper (maybe about a tsp. each but do this to your taste).
  6. Add ginger, garlic, and paprika (maybe about a Tbs. each but do to your own taste).
  7. Let simmer until the water is gone (20-30 mins).
  8. Serve either in a bowl with chopped cilantro and other vegetables (peppers, onions, and tomatoes are great) or in a wrap with greens, cilantro, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, or any of your favorites!
  9. Enjoy!

6 Comments

  1. Parul
    February 29, 2012

    Pssst…try adding some cumin =)

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    • Hali
      February 29, 2012

      Well, I suppose if you suggest it. 😉

      Reply
  2. Beth
    February 29, 2012

    Say, Hali, why do you use coconut oil for this one? Just wondering.

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    • Hali
      February 29, 2012

      Coconut oil is my oil of choice for anything I’m cooking. I use it for a few reasons. It tastes great and it’s good for you. There is a good article on it here. For salads and other cold things, I’ll use olive oil.

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  3. Swetha
    March 2, 2012

    Interested in making the dal more Indian?
    Fry mustard seeds, cumin and cut green chilies in a separate dish and add it to the cooked dal. Also my mom makes it a more of a soup-like mixture and adds a bit of lemon juice for flavor.

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    • Hali
      March 2, 2012

      Sounds very tasty! I added cumin when I heated it up yesterday, per my friend, Parul’s, suggestion. It was very good.

      Reply

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