Basic Pantry Dal (GF)

You know those nights where you feel like you desperately need to go grocery shopping, but it’s so dark and cold out and you just don’t wanna?!
THIS IS THE MEAL FOR YOU! It’s also insanely delicious, so it’s a win-win!


This is just a simple red lentil dal with ingredients that we always have in our kitchen. We have a big jar of red lentils that we keep in our cupboard (as well as a container of dehydrated onions), and we just always pick up extra cans of coconut milk and diced tomatoes when they’re on sale.
All you do is dump all the ingredients into a pot, bring it to a boil, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. THAT’S IT! The perfect meal on a cold night after work, when you have no idea what to cook.
This recipe freezes amazingly, so you can portion it out and then microwave it for lunches. You can also freeze individual portions of brown rice, so you’ll be all set for lunches.

This recipe is adapted from one by Oh She Glows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked red lentils

  • 2 and 3/4 cups of water

  • 1 (798 ml) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (400 ml) can light coconut milk (I love this kind. Cheap, organic, and tasty!)

  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 3 teaspoons dehydrated onion (this kind will last you FOREVER)

  • 2 tablespoon curry powder

  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add in all of the ingredients (lentils, water, diced tomatoes [with juices], coconut milk, all the spices, salt, and pepper). Stir until combined.

  2. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for about 30 minutes (I find when it starts to splatter, it’s done haha). Stir the dal frequently while cooking, and reduce the heat if necessary to prevent it from sticking to the pot.

  3. Serve over brown rice, and add in a squeeze of lime if you have it! I also like topping mine with chilli flakes.

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