If you are new to Indian cooking; have been intimidated by complicated recipes, this is a great starter curry. A fairly quick, simple, healthful, basic red lentil curry; all ingredients can be found in most larger grocery stores. Since lentils cook quickly, after bringing to a rolling boil, and simmering approximately 10 minutes, it's helpful to have your spices, etc., measured out before beginning the lentils. After rinsing in a bowl with water until clear, I substituted low-sodium chicken broth to cook the lentils, in a 1:2 ratio, and did not need to drain excess broth. From there it's only a few simple steps. Easily expanded upon, with the addition of meat, or tofu, potatoes, carrots, or peas, the layered spices can be adjusted to deliver more or less heat. Served over Jasmine Rice, I found the flavor to be comparable to a mild-medium curry from my favorite local Indian restaurant, without the heavy oils/coconut milk. All in all a delicious, nutritious, straightforward Indian red lentil curry recipe, perfect for beginners, or seasoned Indian foodies alike.
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