Health, Recipes

Red Lentil Dhal

Between not going on any challenging hikes since October, cancelling our gym membership, abusing the fact that they finally opened a Trader Joe’s in Redmond, and generally having a non-stop eating fest over the last two months (the period of time called “the holidays” seems to get longer and longer every year), it is no surprise that I have gained a fair amount of blubber lately. I didn’t realize quite how much until I was foolish enough to step on the scale this morning. Oh dear lord.

So since this is January and I am presumably not the only one who is trying to shed some lard, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes. It’s very easy, very tasty, very healthy.

Red Lentil Dhal:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 400 grams (yes, I’m European) red lentils
  • 8 dl water
  • 2 cubes vegetable stock (I use powdered stock, so I just throw in whatever amount seems reasonable)
  • 1 tbs grated fresh ginger (I quadruple this amount, but then again I have a disturbingly passionate love of ginger)
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro (coriander) (I add more of this, too)
  • 1 tbs red curry paste
  • a wee bit of oil for sauteeing
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Heat the onion in a smidge of oil in a pot. Add the tomatoes and let them simmer for a couple of minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

    We usually eat this with brown rice (or quinoa) and lots of broccoli or greens. Nom nom nom. The best part is having leftovers the next day; I usually mix the dhal and the rice/quinoa, add a little bit of chickpea flour so that everything will stick together, and voilà: lentil burgers!

    Leftover dhal and rice = burgers!

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  • Reply Rebecca January 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hey! I’m a lurker/scrapbooker who’s on Ed Hill in Redmond, but wanted to pop up and say, that looks amazing! Any idea how to translate that for American measurements? and happy new year! :)

  • Reply Ellen* January 15, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Mmm – det så godt ut! Tror den må prøves. Takk for oppskrifta!:o) Og ha ei finfin januarhelg!

  • Reply Ellie January 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Love the recipe!! Looks super tasty!!! Can’t wait to try it or better yet, come over and try it at your place:)
    I might need you to start taking food photos for me – Your pictures are always sooo beautifulllllll

  • Reply Libby January 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Yum, I love red lentil dahl. Had never thought to turn the leftovers into patties though – thanks so much for that I idea – will def. try next time I make it.


  • Reply Susan January 29, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Thank you for the recipe, from Tampa Fl. We love Washington State. Keep hiking!

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