Lentils are a good source of protein and other important nutrients as well. Include lentils in your meals but remember too much can also lead to gout and indigestion. But I suppose once a week should be safe which is pretty much what I do. The standard dish with lentils is none other than "Sambar/Indian dhall curry", with fish for Fish Sambar (Dhal Curry) and here's the soupy version - lentils with radish and spices, chilli flakes for spiciness and fresh coconut for creaminess.1 cup yellow lentils - soaked in water for about 1 hour and boiled with enough water to soften.
1 radish - remove skin and cut into medium size pieces
1 (about 100g) tomato - sliced
5 shallots - sliced thinly
1 inch ginger - sliced into thin stripes
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
2 tbsp fresh coconut - pound/blend to a smooth paste
2 sprigs coriander leaves - chopped
1/2 liter of water
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
In heated oil, fry shallots, ginger, garlic,tomato and radish.
Fry to soften and to lightly brown radish.
Add dhal, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
Pour water, simmer and cook till radish and lentils becomes soft.
Stir in chilli flakes, coconut paste and coriander leaves.
Season with salt.
Simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat.
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