Today I felt like doing nothing. I feel like I have repeated this multiple times in my blog. But that’s the reality. Most of the time, I don’t feel like doing anything. I want to just kickback, relax and hope someone pampers me. I am kind of lazy like that. So, I thought I would make a dish as simple as it comes and call it a day. The one thing that stuck to me was good old Dal Chawal – Lentils and Rice. But for the past two weeks, I had Dal Khichadi a few times and it bored me like anything. So, I wanted to try it with a twist this time and here it is, Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumber.
I really love lentils. They have such a mellowing taste that you could add anything with them and make it quite delicious. My dad lovingly calls me “pappu” because of my love for lentils (Pappu is the Telugu word for Lentils).
In Andhra Pradesh, people have rice mixed with lentils and ghee and take a bite of salted green chillies in between morsels. You will only have to taste it to experience it as I do not have any words to describe that taste. This recipe uses a similar concept but with a few little additions to make it manageable for people that do not like spice. The additions are yogurt and cucumber that reduce the heat from chillies.
You can have it on a cold day and feel filled. Plus Lentils are a great source of protein too. So, dudes and bettys, Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumber.
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- 1 tsp of cumin seeds
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 4-5 garlic cloves,minced
- 2 tbsp minced and peeled fresh ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 cups of dried red lentils, rinsed
- salt to taste
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced cucumber (peeled and seeded)
- 1 fresh green chilli, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup of chopped fresh coriander leaves,plus few sprigs for garnish
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 4 cups of cooked basmati rice
- 1 cup of plain yogurt
- To make the lentils : Heat a medium pan over medium high. Add oil and once its hot , add some cumin seeds until fragrant. Add some onions,garlic and ginger. Cook,stirring often,until tender, about 5 minutes. Add some turmeric and cook for 1 minute.
- Add 5 cups of water and the lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer and cover it partially. Cook until lentils are thick and soft for about 15 minutes. Season with salt.
- Meanwhile, combine onion,cucumber,chopped cilantro and lemon juice in a bowl; season with salt and chili powder(Optional)
- To serve, divide rice among 2 bowls and ladle lentils over rice; top with yogurt and cucumber mixture. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Fun fact, Lentils are called –
“Pappu” in Telugu
“Dal” in Hindi
“Parupu” in Tamil