Indian Mango Dal

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One of my goals a while back was to “master cooking Indian food,” since I love it so much. While I can’t say I’m a master quite yet, I’d like to think I’m getting there. Sometimes all it takes is a dash of Garam Masala to kick up a meal, other times, it takes a delicious recipe like this Indian Mango Dal from Eating Well.

Click here for the instructions.

1 cup yellow lentils (I used yellow split peas)

4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (I used ground cumin)

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 mangoes, peeled and diced (I used a bag of frozen, cubed mangos)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I used frozen Dorot cilantro)

I also added about 2 cups of frozen chopped spinach I had on hand.

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I’m a sucker for sweet and savory combos in my meals, especially when the sweet is coming from mangos. In the name of convenience and cost, I used a whole bag of pre-cut frozen mangos, which was probably the equivalent of 4-5 fresh mangos. I also had ground cumin, and not the seeds, and instead of the yellow lentils, I had yellow split peas, which cooked the same way. I also added some frozen chopped spinach.

It came together surprisingly easily, especially since I used pre-cut, frozen mango, cilantro and spinach. And the taste? Perfect! The big chunks of sweet mango were in every bite and the split peas were so filling. I froze the leftovers for future meals to look forward to. We ate this as-is in a bowl, but I think it’s be great over some brown basmati rice as well.

Have you perfected any Indian food recipes? Do share! I’m intimidated but eager to try making Naan!

6 Comments

  1. Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Wow, Janel, that looks fantastic! I have a bunch of greens in the fridge that I need to use up – I think pretty much anything would go in here . . . the frozen mango is a super idea to make it easier, too. This is getting pinned onto my “Want to Make” board on Pinterest! Thanks!

  2. Sheetal Mehta
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Heyy…This recipe sounds awesome..quite a funny thing..being an Indian, haven’t really had this kinda daal..But we surely do make Mango Daal, which is smooth by texture and is liquid by nature..its a classic gujarati dish…:)

  3. Janel
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Interesting! I’d love to see some of your dal recipes if you don’t mind sharing!

  4. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    YUM! i’ve never put fruit in my dahl but this looks fantastic!

  5. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Janel,

    This looks great! Lets get together for a workout soon. Perhaps harvard stadiums?

    I hope all is well

  6. Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I just sent this to a client who loves Indian food 🙂

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