I am going through an Indian kick. Over the past few months, I have eaten at Indian restaurants about half the time I have eaten out.
I am also drawn to Indian recipes while I'm perusing other food blogs. The flavors and spices are so delicious.
I like making Indian food at home. It's usually health, nourishing, and quick to prepare.
Some people might not have the spices on hand, but I have the spices now because I regularly make Indian food.
I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and made it exactly as directed. The ingredients are 2 cups red lentils, 1 large onion, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons curry paste, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon white sugar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, and 1 14.25 ounce can tomato puree.
I put the lentils in a pot and covered the lentils with water. I brought the water to a boil and simmered the lentils for over 15 minutes.
In a saucepan, I heated vegetable oil and cooked the onions until they were caramelized. This took about 20 minutes.
I combined the curry powder, curry paste, salt, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and sugar minced garlic, minced ginger.
I added the spices to the onions once the onions were caramelized. I continued to cook the onions for a couple of minutes and the spices became fragrant.
I stirred in the tomato puree.
I removed the pan from he heat and added the drained lentils.
I stirred in the lentils.
It was fragrant, filling, and toothsome.
It's amazing that something as simple as lentils can be so exotic and appetizing.
I ate this for lunch for several days, and I was sad when it was finished. Sometimes after eating the same thing for a week, I'm glad when I've eaten all of a dish.
It was savory and the onions were sweet and browned.