Easy Dal Recipe- Vegan and Simple

 photo IMG_1749Medium_zpsc8c08dc8.jpgI sometimes feel that on this blog, I post my amazing special recipes that taste superb and are a real treat to eat, but tend to leave out the recipes for things that are relatively basic, that I make all the time.
This dal recipe- Indian style lentil curry, is one of those- I make this probably a few times a month, since it is quick to cook, takes minimal ingredients, my kids who aren't the hugest fan of lentils don't mind it, and it's cheap.
Made from red lentils, if I'm being more ambitious I pair it with some Indian side dishes like curried veggies, chutney, and Indian style rice. But if I'm short on time and/or energy, just serving it with rice and a simple vegetable salad works as well.

Easy Dal Recipe- Vegan and Simple

2 cups red lentils
5-6 cups water
1 tablespoon  plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons curry powder (I use my homemade curry powder)
1 teaspoon salt

1. Boil up the lentils in the water, covered, until the lentils are very soft and falling apart. This can take 20 minutes or so, maybe a little longer.

2. Once the lentils have fallen apart completely, add the lemon juice, salt, and curry powder. Add more salt, lemon juice and/or curry powder as needed.

3. Serve warm.


See- told you it's simple. That's why it's become one of my lazy day staples.

What is your lazy day staple in your house, when you're trying to be frugal? Ever make red lentil dal? What do you put in it? 
Do you think this is a recipe you'd try?

Penniless Parenting

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  1. In addition to the things you listed I put coconut milk, sauteed onions and garlic, crushed tomatoes and gram massala in my dal

  2. would this work with brown lentils? red are hard to find where i live

  3. Great recipe: simple, delicious and very healthy :)

    Cathy Vargas
    Vintage Girls

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