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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 10

This classic Indian side dish is spiced up with southwestern chili flavors. ...MORE+ LESS-

The Food in My Beard
September 11, 2017

Ingredients

1
tablespoon mustard seed
1
tablespoon cumin seed
1
tablespoon coriander seed
1
teaspoon pepper
1
teaspoon fenugreek
1/2
inch cinnamon
6
cloves
1
tablespoon ancho chile powder
1
tablespoon chipotle chile powder
1
onion
1
bell pepper
3
cloves garlic
1
can (28 oz) diced tomato
1/2
cup lentils
1
can black beans
1
tablespoon honey
1
teaspoon turmeric

Steps

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  • 1
    Take the first 7 ingredients and heat them in a pan until fragrant. Blend in a spice grinder. Add the next 2 ingredients, Ancho and Chipotle powders.
  • 2
    Dice the onion, pepper and garlic, and run a knife through the black beans to cut them up a bit.
  • 3
    Saute the onions and peppers in some oil. After about 8 minutes, just before they start to brown, add the garlic. 1 minute later, add the can of tomatoes. Add the spices.
  • 4
    Rinse the lentils and add them. Add the black beans, honey, and turmeric.
  • 5
    Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Add water if you need to loosen it up.
 

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More About This Recipe
  • When I cook "fusion" dishes, I don't try and force things to go together that don't belong together. I think that when chefs start doing that, people start to hate the whole idea of fusion. But fusion can be a beautiful thing, and many dishes from one culture are very similar to dishes from another. Culinary cousins, if you will. Enter the Indian dish Dhal. Dhal is a veggie and lentil side that is spooned over rice. Last time I ate Dhal, I thought to myself, This sort of reminds me of chili! So I cooked a Dhal recipe, slightly altering some ingredients and spices to make it taste like chili, and the results were fantastic! First you need to make a garam masala spice blend. The words garam masala literally translate to "hot mixture," but the hot doesn't necessarily mean burn your mouth, it means spice. All garam masalas are different -- today I made a cumin-coriander-mustard heavy mix, and used less clove and fenugreek than normal. This would help the dhal taste more like chili. Serve with Basmati Rice and enjoy!

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