Masoor Dal (Spice Red Lentils)

 I don't what this says about me, but after I took this lentil smile face photo, I could honestly hear my friend Bernie Spirk asking if the curtains match the drapes....of course would, if this was hair and not scallions....Of course I didn't actually hear him, I was just saying this would be his reaction...I collect only the classiest man friends....                                                                       Ingredients  medium sweet potato  2-3 cloves of garlic  tsp of ground ginger (I used ginger root because I had it on hand)  2 tsp of tumeric  2 tsp of coriander  2 tsp of cumin  medium hot pepper (they call for birds eye or Thai chili but in my grocery story I could only find jalapeño)  tomatoes (original recipe calls for can of chopped tomatoes but I used 2 Roman tomatoes from the produce aisle instead)  cup of red lentils  medium onion (I chopped a Spanish onion and leftover scallions I had on hand)  2 tbls of oil (recipe called for vegetable oil but I used a combination of olive oil and a pat of butter)

I don't what this says about me, but after I took this lentil smile face photo, I could honestly hear my friend Bernie Spirk asking if the curtains match the drapes....of course would, if this was hair and not scallions....Of course I didn't actually hear him, I was just saying this would be his reaction...I collect only the classiest man friends....

 

                                                                  Ingredients

medium sweet potato

2-3 cloves of garlic

tsp of ground ginger (I used ginger root because I had it on hand)

2 tsp of tumeric

2 tsp of coriander

2 tsp of cumin

medium hot pepper (they call for birds eye or Thai chili but in my grocery story I could only find jalapeño)

tomatoes (original recipe calls for can of chopped tomatoes but I used 2 Roman tomatoes from the produce aisle instead)

cup of red lentils

medium onion (I chopped a Spanish onion and leftover scallions I had on hand)

2 tbls of oil (recipe called for vegetable oil but I used a combination of olive oil and a pat of butter)

 Dice the Onions and add to the medium skillet with the oil and cook until clear.

Dice the Onions and add to the medium skillet with the oil and cook until clear.

 Clean and dice the sweet potato, and add into the skillet with the onions. Cook until soft *The original recipe calls for the sweet potatoes to cook down so much, they don't retain their texture, and instead add to the lentils their bright color and sweetness. I was hungry, so I cooked until they were cooked through but not without texture.

Clean and dice the sweet potato, and add into the skillet with the onions. Cook until soft *The original recipe calls for the sweet potatoes to cook down so much, they don't retain their texture, and instead add to the lentils their bright color and sweetness. I was hungry, so I cooked until they were cooked through but not without texture.

 This photo is of the consistency the potatoes were when I added the next ingredients

This photo is of the consistency the potatoes were when I added the next ingredients

 Add the lentils on top, stirring so all the lentils are coated with oil

Add the lentils on top, stirring so all the lentils are coated with oil

 Add garlic, spices, tomatoes. 

Add garlic, spices, tomatoes. 

 Mix thoroughly and then add 3- 5 cups of water on medium high heat. and 3-5 cups of water (I don't have a cover for the medium skillet I was using so I ended up adding about 6 cups of water but if it were covered it would keep more moisture before evaporating)

Mix thoroughly and then add 3- 5 cups of water on medium high heat. and 3-5 cups of water (I don't have a cover for the medium skillet I was using so I ended up adding about 6 cups of water but if it were covered it would keep more moisture before evaporating)

 Cook until lentils are completely done and the additional liquid is cooked off!

Cook until lentils are completely done and the additional liquid is cooked off!

 Garnish with Cilantro! Enjoy hot, as dinner or as a side with baked cilantro salmon!  *I did not add the coconut slivers which were recommended as part of the recipe, but adding them towards the end would probably be awesome as well.  *As an additional protein, I think you could also add sausage coins (chicken or traditional pork) for a hearty offering!   'Tis the season for comfort food, and this was quick, easy and flavorful! 

Garnish with Cilantro! Enjoy hot, as dinner or as a side with baked cilantro salmon!

*I did not add the coconut slivers which were recommended as part of the recipe, but adding them towards the end would probably be awesome as well.

*As an additional protein, I think you could also add sausage coins (chicken or traditional pork) for a hearty offering! 

'Tis the season for comfort food, and this was quick, easy and flavorful!