Red lentils, also known as Masoor dal, are an extremely popular lentil in India. They are grown all over the country and consumed for their various health benefits. Red lentils are extremely good for your skin and can prevent issues like rapid aging and acne.
- 200 g red lentils
- 750 ml water
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 –2 tablespoons ghee butter or oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin or fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 to matoes coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ –1 tablespoon lemon juice optional
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
- Place the lentils in a pan with the water, turmeric and bay leaf. Simmer for 15–20 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
- Meanwhile, heat the ghee, butter or oil in a heavy frying pan. Add the mustard and cumin or fennel seeds and cook over a high heat until they ‘pop’.
- Add the ground coriander and tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the mixture to the cooked lentils. Add more water if the mixture is too thick, or cook a little longer to make it thicker. Add the salt and lemon juice, if desired. Stir in the chopped coriander and serve at once.