Pink Dahl

By: Brennan McConnell-Griner

Serves 4-6
Approx. Time: 45 mins
Spice Level: Medium

Dal is an Indian stew made with lentils and can be served in a bowl or on top of rice or bread. This specific kind of dal uses red/pink lentils called Masoor lentils. The recipe is completely vegan and is great for anyone who likes or wants to try Indian food.

Part A
2/3 cup pink Masoor lentils
2 2/3 cups water
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
2 teaspoons salt

Cook above items in pressure cooker for two steams (if you have a pressure cooker that steams, rests, and steams again) or for 15 minutes with a consistent steam. Allow to cool. When ready, loosen top.


Part B
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 inch ginger (chopped)
1 whole dry chili
1 stem curry leaf (Can find at small Indian grocery stores)
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon grey cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon oil
Cilantro leaves (for garnish)

Place a small “fry” bowl over a low flame.
Place oil and mustard seeds in the bowl. 
When seeds start popping… add chili, garlic, ginger & cumin seeds.
When the garlic begins to brown, add curry leaf, then turmeric.
Remove fry bowl from flame, and immerse bowl and contents into cooked lentil mix. Hold pressure cooker lid over the pot to catch the steam and flavors. You should notice a smoky, rich flavor in the steam that escapes.
Dal is ready to serve and is nice with cilantro as a garnish.

Claire Howe