One-Pot Red Lentil Dal

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Happy 2015!   Celebrate the new year with this soothing and healing batch of lentil dal. It is easy to make, very nourishing and will facilitate health and satisfaction.
The aromatic spices in this dish mesh with the warming and creamy lentil dal for a comforting dish that will warm and satisfy a hungry stomach.  These fragrant spices add a delightful touch to the simple yet satisfying lentil that can be left in a pot on the stove over medium heat until the mixture absorbs the moisture and flavors fully, where it becomes creamy and thick.   


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According to ancient medicine, it is healthy in the winter to consume foods that have a warming effect on the body, such as cooked soups, beans, legumes and rice with warming spices and herbs.  It also helps the body’s immune system to keep it warm and fuel immunity and general health. On the other hand, it says how the juicy fruits and crisp veggies available during summer have a cooling effect on the body. 

One-Pot Red Lentil Dal
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  2. 6 cups water
  3. 2 cloves minced garlic
  4. 1 tbsp. oil
  5. 1 tbsp. turmeric
  6. 1 tbsp. curry powder
  7. 1 tbsp. dried cilantro
  8. 1 tsp. dried ginger
  9. 1 tbs. cumin
  10. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  11. optional fresh chopped cilantro and 3 handfuls spinach stirred in at the end
  12. pink salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except brown sugar, greens, and s & p. to a large pot and bring to a boil; mix ingredients together then turn down to simmer covered for 40 minutes to an hour. You will know it's done when lentils have fully absorbed all the moisture. It should be creamy and thick with little excess water. Stir in brown sugar, greens, and salt and pepper and allow to cool before serving.
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