'Vibrant India' Red Lentil Sambar

'Vibrant India' Red Lentil Sambar

I recently received "Vibrant India" by Chitra Agrawal as a gift, and I can already tell that I will be using it a lot this year the way I spent most of 2017 methodically studying "Fresh India" by Meera Sodha. The cookbook's author focuses on recipes originating from Karnataka, (Central, Southern India) and uses a lot of my favorite ingredients such as coconut and curry leaves. This recipe for a South Indian lentil dal -- sambar is easily one of the best ones so far! 

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Perfect Tarka Dhal (with yellow moong lentils)

Perfect Tarka Dhal (with yellow moong lentils)

This is the perfect way to make a quick weeknight dhal. Cooking the lentils separately, almost naked, with just a bit of salt and turmeric, while making an spiced onion and garlic tarka on the side is the best way to achieve maximum creaminess with the lentils and maximum flavour from the onions!  

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