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2 TB peanut, canola, or corn oil
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (half the amount if ground)
2 tsp crushed coriander seed (half the amount if ground)
1 large Spanish or white onion
small knob of ginger
3 Roma tomatoes
small amount turmeric and/or thyme (optional)
3-4 cloves minced garlic (optional)
small amount of red wine, or vodka, or apple juice
ground red chile
salt and pepper
4 cups or 2 cans kidney beans
1/2 lb. lentils
coconut milk (optional)
Get about 2 TB of fat (peanut, canola, or corn oil) smoking hot in a deep stock pot. Add about 1 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, and 2 tsp of crushed coriander seed. If you're using ground cumin or ground coriander, cut the amount in half, and add it with the onions. Do not add ground spices directly to hot fat. It will burn and make a mess.
Then, once the seeds are fragrant and popping, add about 1 large diced Spanish or white onion.
When the onions are softened, add a 3-cm knob of ginger, grated, to the whole mix, and stir well. Add 3 medium Roma tomatoes, diced. If you want a more authentic Indian flavour, add a bit of turmeric to the cooking onions. If you want a more Northern flavour, add a few cloves of minced garlic. Also, if you're not fussed about strict authenticity, add in a bit of thyme to the cooking onions. It'll really bring out a depth of flavour.
Let the tomato cook down until it becomes a gravy-like consistency, and add a splash of red wine (if you have it) or vodka (if you have it). If you don't drink, you can use apple juice.
Add as much ground red chile as you like, and salt and black pepper to taste.
Once the whole mix is bubbly and smelling great, add about 4 cups of cooked kidney beans, or any bean you like. 4 cups of cooked beans are about 2 tins of the tinned stuff. Use a potato masher to smash some of the beans to get a creamy taste.
Let the whole thing cook for about 10 minutes, and stir in a bit of coconut milk, if you like. It doesn't need it.
Serve over piping hot rice, or bread. :)
Q-Lentils cook faster don't they?
A-They do. If you use lentils, they should cook in 20 minutes. But cook them separately from the spice and tomato blend.
That's the secret to good daal.
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