Miss Lorion

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Main course Vegetarian

School Potluck Dal

This red lentil dal is a vegetarian staple for my family. The ingredients are usually in the pantry waiting for a rainy day where the fridge is empty and other options are scarce. The preparation is simple and cooks relatively quickly making this meal a perfect last minutes nutritious weekday meal.


  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic (to taste), minced
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 big handful of chopped cilantro or italian parsley (or a mix of both)
  • salt to taste
  • cauliflower roasted or steamed (optional)
  • cooking oil (canola, safflower or your personal favorite)


  1. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoon of oil in a heavy bottom saucepan at medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add the red lentils and the curry powder and mix with the onions and garlic.
  4. Add the water, stir gently and bring to a simmer.
  5. Lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and let cook for approximately 20 to 30 minutes stirring regularly.
  6. Add salt, fresh herbs and cauliflower.
  7. Enjoy!

The dal is delicious accompanied by rice and chutney.



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