French Puy Lentils are these mottled, dark gems that cook up into pearly black deliciousness.
I love these little guys because they have a peppery flavor that goes nicely with Indian spices. This time, I substituted them for the pink lentils (masoor) I use to make Cauliflower Dal. They were so good, I am never making this dish without them again.
This dal makes a great weeknight meal with some boiled rice and subzi. The lentils cook quite fast and easily in my pressure cooker, although I guess they'd do pretty well too in a microwave because of their tiny size.
It's a busy weeknight so I'm going to stop nattering and get on with the recipe. Here we go!
More Indian dal recipes
- Spicy Urad Dal
- Vegan Dal Makhani
- Instant Pot Masoor Dal
- South Indian Cabbage Dal (Cabbage Kootu)
- Amaranth Dal
Cauliflower Dal with French Lentils
- 3 cups brown lentils (or French puy lentils, cooked or canned)
- 1 medium head cauliflower , separated into florets
- 1 red onion , sliced thinly
- 1- inch knob ginger , grated
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 6 green cardamom pods , bruised
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 5 cloves garlic , minced
- Heat the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add cardamom
- Stir for a minute and add the onions.
- Fry on medium heat until the onions brown at the edges.
- Add the ginger and stir for a few seconds.
- Add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric and stir to coat with oil.
- Add the cauliflower and salt to taste. Stir well, add ½ cup of water, cover and let cook until the cauliflower is tender.
- Add the lentils and stir well. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Check salt.
- Heat the oil for tempering. Add the cumin seeds and, when they sputter, add the garlic.
- Stir-fry the garlic until light brown. Pour the garlic-oil mixture on the dal.
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.
Can I add some fresh spinach? Do you think it'll taste nice?
Absolutely. Give it a try!
This is very different from the dal I make. Love the idea of using cauliflower in dal, looks hearty.
Wishing you and your family a happy diwali!
Wow, beautiful header Vaishali!
Hey vaishali, Opie and Lucy look so cute:-) Lovely recipe with french lentils and cauliflower. I love french lentils too, they cook up so fast. These are good substitute to whole masoor dal.
Hi there, I called via Suranga's (gappa) site and the reason ? your dish sounds absolutely delicious and after having read the ingredients and recipe my south is watering. Unfortunately I can't take advantage of the recipe as I am married to a man who can't eat spices, sauces and goodness knows what else - he also hates the smell of these - he counts brocolli and cauliflower as exotic vegetables for goodness sake ! ARGHH ! he drives me insane at times - I manage to cope for a month or so and then have to call at my friends with a couple of other friends and we all go out and splurge out on having a spicy meal either Chinese or Indian - yum! My next visit is coming up this week and I am really desperate for a spice of any kind my palate has all but died... Thanks for the third handed enjoyment of your Ginger Cauliflower with Lentils - It sounds really very appetising. Cheers from Scotland, Kate x.
my husband loves the cauliflower. I'll need to try this, it sounds yummers.
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wow, what a delicious combo! the curry/dal looks simply marvelous. Opie and Lucy look so adorable. Have a great weekend.
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Your pups are so lucky to have a mom like you! You're one of the sweetest, most caring people. :o) And they're probably always drooling around the kitchen there. I would be!
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opie and lucy are adorable...
and need i say anything abt the recipe! puy lentils given indian twist. very innovative vaishali.
Delicioussss Lentils..n healthy too...Opie looks cute..
That is a new lentil variety I have never seen..Looks like a protein packed dish.
Opie makes me pitty with his innocent face, The lentil and Gobi combo is just awesome 🙂
Very different from the usual cauliflower subji. Makes a hearty meal with rice.. I agree.