I threw this Indian Dal together one night when I had a lot of veggies to use up and a giant bag of dal. It’s easy to make and easy to tweak!
I bought the bag of chana dal (those little yellow, lentil looking things) at a local Indian grocery store. Chana dal is just a type of bean that is split in half…it’s from the same family as a chickpea/garbanzo beans. If you can’t find chana dal, lentils would work just as well in this dish.
Easy Indian Dal
- 1 t olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium chili (I used a serrano), seeds/ribs removed and finely diced
- 1 small eggplant
- 8 okra pieces
- 1 small rutabaga (or sweet potato)
- 1/2 c. chana dal (dry)
- 2 c. vegetable broth
- 1/2 t curry powder
- 1 t garam masala
- 1 t cumin
- salt to taste
How to make it
- Chop the eggplant, okra and rutabaga into bite-sized pieces.
- Rinse the dal and pick out any funky looking pieces.
- In a deep saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, and chili to the pan and saute until the onion is translucent.
- Add the curry, garam masala and cumin and continue to saute for 2-4 more minutes, until very fragrant.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and add the okra, eggplant, rutabaga, and chana dal. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer over low until the dal is tender, around 45-60 minutes and the broth has thickened and reduced.
- Add salt to taste and serve over brown rice.
- You could throw in any root vegetables/squash that you have on hand.
- If I used the same veggies again, I would put the eggplant in towards the end of cooking so it didn’t get so mushy.
- The okra was good the first day, but it made the leftovers have this weird texture…like goopy and slimy.
- This is a very warm and sweetly spiced dish. If you want a little more heat, use a hotter chili or add cayenne pepper.
- I cooked my brown rice with a little coconut oil (about 1 t). I don’t remember which blogger gave me that idea – sorry! Raise your hand if it was you! The flavor was subtle, but excellent with this dish.
What’s your favorite Indian dish? I love chicken tikka masala and palak paneer. And chana masala. Ok, I kind of like them all.