The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Profile Photo

Lentils with Shallots (Tarka Dal)

4.50 Mitt(s) 2 Rating(s)2 votes, average: 4.50 out of 52 votes, average: 4.50 out of 52 votes, average: 4.50 out of 52 votes, average: 4.50 out of 52 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5

Prep:

Cook:

Level: Intermediate

System:

4
x

Print Options

Page size Letter 3x5 4x6
Text Size Small Medium Large
Content Include description
Include prep time, etc.
Show image

Description

This dish is healthy, vegan, and absolutely delicious. The flavours of the spices really shine in this comforting Indian dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 3-½ cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 4 whole Shallots, Finely Chopped
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Finely Chopped
  • 1 whole Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper, Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 whole Tomato, Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ cups Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 4 cups Cooked Brown Rice, To Serve

Preparation

Combine lentils and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and skim off the froth then let the lentils cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and cook the lentils covered for 40 minutes. Stir them every now and then so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Once cooked, the lentils will be smooth with a consistency almost like a puree.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done cooking, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds and stir for about a minute.

Add the shallots, green onions, and hot pepper. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the ground turmeric and cumin. Stir to combine.

Add the tomatoes. Stir another 30 seconds then remove the pan from the heat.

Fold the green onion and spice mixture into the cooked lentils. Add salt to taste.

Stir in the cilantro just before serving.

Serve on top of brown rice.

No Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

2 Reviews

You must be logged in to post a review.

Profile photo of Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll

Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll on 1.7.2012

This is really tasty, but 3 1/2 cups of water is a LOT. I cut it down to 3 cups and the lentils still ended up really watery, so I’ll try 2 1/2 cups next time. It was delicious with Jasmine rice, and very filling.

Profile photo of kitchenlovenest

kitchenlovenest on 9.21.2011

I’ve had some red lentils kicking around my pantry for ages, and I’m so glad I found your recipe and used them! It’s an incredibly delicious recipe, and I’ll be making it again, I’m sure! =)

Related Recipes

Chicken Larb Gai Lettuce Wraps
Profile Photo by Taylor Kiser in Special Dietary Needs
An easy dinner based on the classic Thai salad that is...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 2 Level: Easy


Zucchini Freezer Lasagna
Profile Photo by Jenn in Special Dietary Needs
Ground meat, zucchini noodles, pasta sauce, garlic, fresh basil, and creamy...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 10 Level: Intermediate


Tempeh Calzones
Profile Photo by Natalie Wiser-Orozco in Special Dietary Needs
Forget pizza! These tempeh calzones are meaty, cheesy, vegan, and utterly...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 2 Level: Intermediate


0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 8 Level: Easy


Quick Cheesy Chicken Fajitas
Profile Photo by Certainly Keto in Special Dietary Needs
What could be better than a dinner that takes no time...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 8 Level: Easy