Monday, September 3, 2007

Herby Dal

Dal is cooked lentils. There is a myriad of ways to prepare a dal; this is very simple and very delicious. Use only fresh herbs and a good olive oil.

1 cup lentils (any color)
Water to cover
2 Chicken or vegetable bullion cubes
1 tomato chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
An ample handful of fresh herbs-- basil, mint and cilantro are best, chopped

1) Place dry lentils into a small soup pot. Cover with water, coming up one inch above the lentils. Add in the bullion cubes and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer then cook, covered over medium heat, so that it is just barely simmering. When water is absorbed, add more just to cover. Place the lid
back on the pot and cook some more until lentils are tender (approximately 30 minutes).

2) Taste for seasoning, add salt if needed or cayenne pepper if you like heat. Stir in a big glug of olive oil and the fresh, chopped herbs.

Great with basmati rice and spicy salmon.
Serves 4

1 comment:

Linda said...

This sounds really good. And it's a great use of all my late summer herbs...basil, mint, rosemary...before they freeze. It'll be nice to take a break from pesto!