An irresistible lentil curry recipe that is really simple and less time-consuming. This perfectly healthy vegan lentil curry is gluten-free and offers healthy nutrients. It is so rich and creamy even without coconut milk. Just four simple steps and it's ready to serve!
Course: dinner, Main Course
Keyword: brown lentils, curry, dal, lentil, lentil curry without coconut milk, tadka, vegan lentil curry
Author: Get Set Vegan
1½CupBrown LentilsWash and Soak
½ TspTurmeric Powder
Tadka for Dal
1Fresh Red Chilies(Sliced)
Wash and soak lentil for 2 to 3 hours. This will speed up the cooking process and give a more creamy texture to your lentils.
In a large pot add Lentils, Water, Ginger Paste, Salt, Paprika, Turmeric Powder, and garam Masala. Bring it to boil and cover the pot. Let it cook on medium heat for about 25 to 30 minutes.
You can use vegetable stock instead of water. It will add more flavor. Make sure you adjust salt accordingly.
In another frying pan add oil and chopped garlic. Make sure you used fresh garlic and not the garlic paste. Fresh garlic will add the real kick to this lentil recipe.
Tadka for Dal
For Tadka, Heat oil in a pan, Fry chopped garlic, freshly sliced chilies, and cumin seeds. Once the garlic is well golden brown in color add it to lentil pot. Do not burn Garlic.
This is a traditional Indian way of tempering the Lentils and called tardka.
Garnish with some coconut cream, cilantro leaves, and chilies. Serve with some naan bread of boiled rice.
It is not difficult to cook lentils properly. Once you cook, it’s the simplest curry possible! 😉Here are a few important points I keep in mind:
Soaking time:It's best to soak lentils in water for 2-3 hours. Also, the exact soaking time depends on the temperature, the warmer it is, the shorter the soaking time.
A portion of water and lentil:Place one portion of the lentils in a glass, porcelain, or ceramic vessel with three times the amount of water to soak the lentils.
You can use the soaking water or fresh water for cooking!
Pot size: Choose a large enough pot. Lentils tend to foam up when cooked. Therefore, water and lentils should not fill the pot more than two thirds.
Temperature: You shouldn't boil lentils over boiling water; instead, they should just simmer. So choose a lower stove setting and keep an eye on the lenses.