Fat-Free Red Lentil Dal

June 24, 2013

Red Lentil Dal from Carrie on Vegan.

Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop cooking. I like using the crock-pot when temperatures heat up, because it means I don’t have to heat up my kitchen with the stove or the oven.

And, even though I love my cold salads even more in the summertime, I do like the heartiness of a cooked, nourishing meal for dinner.

This Indian-inspired Dal is super easy to make. I do recommend water-sauteing the vegetables before adding them to the pot, but that step could be left out if you were really short on time:

Red Lentil Dal from Carrie on Vegan.

Red lentils look like this:

Red Lentil Dal from Carrie on Vegan.

I like to cook this on low for five hours. You could use a regular pot on the stove if you wanted, it would probably need to simmer for about 30-40 minutes:

Red Lentil Dal from Carrie on Vegan.

Also, just to note, you can adjust the spices according to what you have in your pantry. If you are missing one, just leave it out or add more of another. I do recommend using garam masala or curry, though, that’s what adds the Indian flavor to this recipe.

Here is the recipe:

Red Lentil Dal
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. carrots
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon no-salt seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped
Instructions
  1. Chop carrots into 1-inch pieces. Chop onion and tomato. Slice bell peppers. Mince garlic.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of water. Add carrots, onion, tomato, bell peppers, and garlic, and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until vegetables have softened.
  3. Rinse and drain lentils and pick through for any debris.
  4. Combine carrots, onion, tomatoes, bell peppers, lentils, water, cumin, no-salt seasoning, dried oregano, turmeric, ground ginger, garam masala, and cayenne pepper in a slow-cooker. Set to low and cook for on low for at least 5 hours or until lentils are softened.
  5. Top with chopped green onions. As an option, serve over cooked brown rice or fresh salad greens with a dollop of dairy-free yogurt.

You can also find the recipe on my app, Vegan Delish (get it here):

Red Lentil Dal from Carrie on Vegan and Vegan Delish

Conclusion:

Xena covering face.

Phew! What a busy weekend I had. I don’t know if I have mentioned this yet, but I have been getting ready to attend Dr. Fuhrman’s annual Getaway in San Diego this year. I am beyond excited. You can read about my experience at last year’s Getaway here and here.

So, forgive the short post, but you know how it is when you are trying to wrap up a million things before going out of town?

Have a great start to your week and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday. Also, I will be blogging from the Conference so stay tuned for that.

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Caity @ Moi Conter La Vie June 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

I was *just* wondering what I should make for my parents for their first night in San Francisco – Question answered! :)

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Oh cool, Caity! Let me know what you and your parents think! :)

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Katherine June 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

Looks yum! Can’t wait to try it, thank you for sharing!!

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

You’re welcome, Katherine! :)

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Jennifer June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

This looks PERFECT! Yummers! And the kitty is so sweet! Saw this beauty on Instagram and fell in love with ‘em as soon as I saw! Awww~

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks, Jennifer. :)

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Diane June 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

I’m uber jealous and wish I was there for the San Diego event! But, perhaps another time when he’s on the east coast. :(

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Aw, darn, Diane, wish you could come, too! I’ll be posting lots of pictures on my blog and on my Facebook page, so you can live vicariously through me. :)

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Diane June 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Looking forward to it!

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Kelly @ Vegan Iowan June 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

Looks delicious! I think the crock pot is the perfect solution for summer cooking – you get the hot, filling food you want without turning on the oven or stove. Thanks for sharing!

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

You’re welcome, Kelly! :)

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kimmythevegan June 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

Sounds delicious! I love red lentils & haven’t made a dahl in ages…
Have fun at the conference Carrie!!

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thanks, Kimmy! I am really excited to have a break from school stuff and enjoy San Diego.

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Robyn :) June 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

I have some red lentils I bought from the WF bulk bins!! Maybe I will make this tomorrow when we have our church missionaries for dinner ;)

My cat sleeps like that, too.

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Carrie June 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Cool, Robyn, let me know what you think! Also, btw, are you still coming to Pasadena in a few weeks? Want to try and get together?

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Suzanne June 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I love indian food! Smart idea to use the slow cooker too- it’s getting so hot!

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Andrea June 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I’m jealous about the Fuhrman getaway! Keep us updated and ill pretend I’m there. :)

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Christina @ Pinch of Healthy June 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

Can’t wait to read about the conference! I’m reading his book “Eat to Live” right now and love his views.

Have fun!

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Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge June 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

I love dal! So excited to see that TJ’s just started carrying red lentils, at least the one near me. I’ve never used the crock pot before to make dal, going to try this soon! Thanks for posting! Alex

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Adria @ HealthyVegasVegan June 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Carrie, I totally agree about the crockpot. I’ve also been using mine a lot lately since it’s been hot. It’s usually my lazy way to cook beans so they are ready for dinner. I’ll have to start getting a little more creative by cooking your dal recipe. Love your app!
Adria

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