Cauliflower Dal with French Lentils
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup French Lentils, cooked in a pressure cooker or put in a microwave-safe bowl with enough water to cover the lentils, and microwaved until tender
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 6 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Heat the 1 tbsp vegetable oil and add cardamom
  2. Stir for a minute and add the onions.
  3. Fry on medium heat until the onions brown at the edges.
  4. Add the ginger and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric and stir to coat with oil.
  6. Add the cauliflower and salt to taste. Stir well, add ½ cup of water, cover and let cook until the cauliflower is tender.
  7. Add the lentils and stir well. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Check salt.
  8. Heat the oil for tempering. Add the cumin seeds and, when they sputter, add the garlic.
  9. Stir-fry the garlic until light brown. Pour the garlic-oil mixture on the dal.
  10. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.
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