Lentil Dal

A warm meal filled with tasty healthful spices is the perfect way to end a brisk spring day. This lentil dal will warm your core and keep spring colds at bay.

Warming Spices have a multitude of benefits. They contain compounds that help raise your core body temperature. This is done through a process of removing excess water in our tissues and increasing blood circulation. Although onions, nuts, oats, garlic and seeds are great warming foods, the best are those found in the spice kingdom.

Spices, used for centuries in the culinary arts, have numerous beneficial qualities. From supporting organ function to destroying intestinal parasites to helping soothe sore throats and headaches, spices are an invaluable addition to any recipe.


Lentil Dal

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  • 1 cup dried brown, green, or red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1⁄3 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley to garnish


1. In a medium pot on high heat, bring lentils and water to a boil.

2. In a sauté pan with oil on medium heat, add onions and ginger and cook until onions are tender.

3. Add remaining spices (except for honey, lemon juice, and fresh herbs) to the pot of lentils.

4. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20–30 minutes or until lentils are done, adding more water if necessary.

5. Add honey and lemon juice, mixing well to dissolve honey. Add sautéed onion and ginger mixture. Adjust for seasoning.

6. Sprinkle with cilantro or parsley and serve.

Try this great pita bread with your lentil dal!


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