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I love Indian food!! It is sad to me that not everyone likes Indian food (my husband says that Chicken Curry tastes like melted plastic). I have had this recipe by Savory Salty Sweet saved for a while but never really got around to it. Mostly because I don’t like to fix something I know my love will not eat. There are leftovers in the fridge that he will enjoy tonight. I will enjoy this.

Dal with Coconut Milk (my variation of Savory Salty Sweet’s recipe)

  • 1 cup masoor dal (red lentils)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon of minced garlic, mashed to a paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 large bay leaf, broken into large pieces
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Put the dal in a medium pot with the water.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer, then cook for 20 minutes.  Keep warm over low heat.

Heat a wok or a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then add the oil.  Toss in the garlic and shallots and stir fry for 2 minutes.  Add the bay leaves, chiles, and ground coriander.  Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.  Stir in the salt, coconut milk, lemon juice, sriracha then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the coconut milk mixture to the hot dal and simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.  The longer you cook the mixture, the thicker it will get.  Serve hot over rice. I garnished mine with cilantro and scallions. I think yogurt would be nice too.

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