Easy Red Lentil Coconut Indian Dahl

My personal favorite comfort food that warms your whole body, soothes your gut, makes your taste buds dance, and guilt free enjoyable because it’s crazy medicinal!  <3 <3 <3

2 cups red lentils
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 large onions, chopped or diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, grated or minced (fresh, frozen or paste)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 medium ripe tomatoes, finally chopped or pureed
1 can coconut milk (full-fat)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

optional for more heat, spice, and flavor:
optional 1/2 teaspoon salt pink himalayan salt
optional teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
optional teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
optional more curry powder and crushed red pepper to taste

Add 2 cups in its own saucepan with 4 cups of water on a high heat.  When water starts simmering turn down heat so it doesn’t boil over.  Stir once every other minute or so, or as frequent as needed to keep things moving and from sticking. Simmer until lentils are soft, this could take about 20 minutes or so.

While the lentils are cooking…

Heat oil in a large skillet or stock pot over a medium heat.  Once oil is warm, add onions over medium heat and saute until lightly golden for approximately 4-6 minutes.

Lower heat and add garlic and ginger.  Saute for half minute to a full minute until it becomes fragrant.

Add curry powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper.  Saute for a half minute until fragrant on low heat.

Add tomatoes. Still on a low heat, cook for only a minute or two while stirring to prevent sticking and burning.  Bring the heat down even more if needed.

Add coconut milk and cooked red lentils.  Stir thoroughly to mix.  Keep heat low and keep stirring for a minute or two.

Add optional ingredients, stir in, and let sit for a few minutes to thicken up.

Serve and intensely enjoy this tasty medicinal healthy dish <3


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