It so nice to have guests. I know it takes time to prepare but I love this smell of clean house, fresh flowers on the table and amazing smells coming from the kitchen – mix of homemade bread, Indian spices and chocolate brownie.
Last week we had my husband’s relatives visiting us. I wanted to spoil them and cook something Indian, to be even more specific South Indian dishes. To my own surprise, it came so deliciously gooooood! But particularly I was surprised by one dish that I am going to share with you just now. It is not really Indian dish but I used Indian ingredients so I guess it counts :) This was the first time I made it and as an experiment it came amazing – well to my taste. Only I have to apologize for the pictures because I am eating left overs at the office, so the pictures are not so attempting as the food really is.
So, this amazing recipe, I called Coconutty Dhal. What do you need?
- Red lentils (I used 500 gr)
- 2 big onions
- few slices of ginger
- coconut milk (I used about 250ml)
- two big sweet potatoes
- jeera seeds
How does it cook? Firstly, fry chopped onions and ginger in the pan. Let them roast nicely until the yellowish color. Prepare the sweet potato, grate it or chop it in cubes and add to the onions – let them soften. Please leave on a small fire that it would not burn. While this is cooking, boil red lentils (add jeera seeds) for few minutes until it slightly softens and switch of the heating. Once the potato softens add dhal and coconut milk and let it cook on a small heat. Please stir often as dhal likes sticking on the pot. Add salt according to your flavour. The best is to keep overnight and eat it next day.
It goes very well with rice, buckwheat, mashed potato or simply bread. You will make a lot, but enjoy it for a week or freeze in the freezer.
Ps. I have not used any spices and the taste is very good. But please experiment your own flavours and share with us.
Happy Coconutty Dhal’ing!