This isn’t a low-fat meal, but it’s delicious, pretty healthy, and cheap to make. I like to eat it with naan or over rice. Basmati rice is perfect and cooks in only 15 minutes! If you keep your cabinet stocked with these ingredients, this is a good meal to make when you’ve run out of ideas or don’t have a lot of time.

Red Lentil Dal

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T black mustard seeds
  • 3 T ginger, chopped very finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  •  2 cups red lentils
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • hot chiles, diced (optional)

Melt butter in pan and add black mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to pop, add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute until fragrant (only a few minutes). Add lentils, stir and cook until translucent (usually about two minutes). Add coconut milk, then add two or three cans of water (fill up the empty can of coconut milk with water). Add the salt and turmeric. Cook until soft. It usually takes around 20 minutes but could be longer. Stir and taste the lentils periodically to see if they are soft. If the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, add small amounts of water. Top with cilantro and chiles (optional), and enjoy!

Image credit: Cheryl’s Nourishing Spoonfuls