Friday, January 25, 2013

Basic Lentil Curry (Mild)

Lentils are so healthy and a wonderful introduction to a rice and curry meal.   This is my basic "no frills" lentil curry.  It is a mild tasting dish that is best accompanied by other curry dishes like a spicy vegetable and/or meat curry.  You can make this completely vegan by using coconut milk if you like.

1 cup of washed Masoor Lentils.
2-3 cups of water
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 green chili (serrano) sliced down the middle(optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 cinnamon stick
5-10 curry leaves (optional)
1-2 pandan leaves (rampe) optional
1 can (2 cups) coconut milk or cow's milk

Wash the Masoor Lentils well in cold running water.  If you see any stones, make sure you pick them out.  You can find  Masoor Lentils at your local Indian Grocers. 

Tip:  You always want to boil your lentils without salt so they cook faster.  Salt tends to slow down the cooking process.  Salt can be added at the end of the dish.

Cook the lentils on medium high heat for 20 minutes or until the liquid cooks out and the lentils are very soft.

Tip:  I recommend you use a large deep frying pan or nonstick wok if you cook on high heat, otherwise it tends to boil over.   If you only have saucepans, then cook on medium heat and keep an eye on it.

Next add salt  and coconut milk or cow's milk.  Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Taste for salt and seasoning.  Serve with rice and other curries.  Enjoy.

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  1. One of my favourite comforting food.

  2. Yum!! Have a great weekend, Ramona. I have had company for almost 4 weeks! Phew!

  3. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. I love red lentils. I get mine at the area Arabic market and think I've seen them in the high end grocery stores as well. This might end up being my lunch!

  4. I've honestly never really been a big fan of Curry, but this definitely does look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Valley Chow

  5. Oh man I am so cold right now and this looks so warm and comforting! My mom and I love lentil curries so I'll definitely be sending this recipe her way as well as bookmarking it for myself :)

    Have a lovely weekend Ramona!


  6. I'm sorry I have been so awful at commenting and following along lately! I have so wished you well though!

  7. It may be basic but it looks delicious and beautifully presented.

  8. This looks so good, and healthy too! Great photos!

  9. What a healthy dish for the new year! Great seasoning and gorgeous color!

  10. I love your presentation and this looks very healthy! I definitely need to introduce lentils to my family!

  11. Hi.. may I know how much coconut milk should be added? Thanks..

    1. Hi May, I usually add one can (about 2 cups of coconut milk) Thanks for visiting Kitchen Simmer. :) Enjoy the lentils. :)

  12. Your post really helped me in making a delicious lunch for the family. All I did was to follow your recipe and tips and made all of the dishes very easily and quickly.

  13. do you saut├ęs the onion first? When do you add the onion and curry leaves to the lentils?

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