red lentil dhal with rice

yesterday it was russian food, tonight it’s indian. why i chose this meal tonight? i’m feeling a little lazy and this recipe requires no chopping. you don’t even need to pick up a knife – well, except to cut a lime in half. i can live with that.

adapted from pinch of yum.

makes 5-6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rice, uncooked
  • 2 1/2 cups red lentils, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped for garnish

boil 3 cups water in a medium pot. add 1 tablespoon butter and rice. cook rice until tender.

in a separate and larger pot, boil 5 cups water. melt 1 tablespoon butter and add lentils. took for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are soft and water is mainly reduced.

meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients (except parsley). mix thoroughly. when lentils are cooked, add spice mixture to lentils. mix well, taste, and adjust seasoning or lime as needed.

serve lentils over rice with parsley garnish.