Indian Mango Dal
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.
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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.
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!