Lentils are said to be one of the healthiest food around. It is healthy for the heart and also aids in getting rid of infections. Now that there is this wonderful recipe that uses this super food, I cannot help but try it out immediately.
What I am referring to is the dhal curry which is so common in Malaysia and its surrounding regions. This delicious mild curry is usually eaten along with Roti Canai, an Indian-influenced flat bread. Dhal curry is not at all spicy and is suitable even for young children. It can be served together with bread or rice and even good enough to be enjoyed just as it is.
To prepare dhal curry, remember to soak the lentils for at least 6 hours or boil them before cooking together with the rest of the ingredients. This will help shorten the time of the cooking process. As dried dhal is used, they take a longer time to soften. Hence, patience is the key to superbly cooked dhal curry.
Dhal Curry is also known as: Curry for Roti CanaiKari DalIndian Dhal Curry
Heat oil over medium heat and sauté sliced onions until golden brown. Remove onions from pan and leave aside.
Using the same pan, fry chopped shallots, minced garlic, minced ginger and curry leaves until fragrant. Add tomato slices. Cover pan with the lid to allow tomatoes to soften.
Chop carrots, potatoes and carrots into bite-size pieces. Then add them to the pot along with turmeric powder, dried chillies and dhal. Pour water into the ingredients and cook over high heat.
Once it boils, lower heat to the minimum and simmer for about 30 minutes or until dhal softens. Keep stirring from time to time to prevent curry from being burnt. Add salt to taste. Finally, stir in fried onions.