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Madras Dhal

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"My mom's recipe - delicious Indian comfort food that goes well with rice or roti."
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1 h 31 m servings 198
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Place toor dahl in a mesh colander and rinse in warm water. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover with 2 cups water and salt; bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium heat, until tender, about 40 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add cumin; cook until cumin swells and turns golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion, ginger, and turmeric; cook and stir until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and green chile; cook and stir until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the dhal. Simmer, covered, until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 198 calories; 3.5 39.7 9.3 0 1189 Full nutrition

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