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Goa Masoor Dal- Goa Red Lentil Soup

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Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Cuisine: Goan

Adapted: Milk Street

How to Make Goa Masoor Dal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, minced, divided
  • 3-5 Boriya Chili, depending on the desired spice level
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp Black Mustard Seed
  • 2 tsp Turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp Coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp Fennel, ground
  • 3½ cup Water
  • 1 can Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Red Lentils-Masoor Dal
  • 6 cup Spinach
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • Lime Wedges, to garnish

STOVE-TOP INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather 1 cup of masoor dal. Rinse it in a colander and set it aside.
  2. In a saute pan, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook on low heat until the onions brown and caramelize.
  3. Once the onions caramelize, add the garlic, ginger, chilies, and kosher salt. Allow the mixture to cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Next, add the mustard seed, turmeric, coriander, and fennel. Stir for 1 minute until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  5. Add the water and then whisk in the coconut milk. Stir in the lentils and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and cover the pan with a lid. Cook on medium heat for about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Stir in spinach and return to a simmer, about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Off heat, add the last 1 tbsp of ginger, lime juice, and kosher salt to taste. Stir well.
  9. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with long-grain basmati rice.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather 1 cup of masoor dal. Rinse it in a colander and set it aside.
  2. In an Instant Pot, add the coconut oil and the onion. Cook on saute mode until the onions brown and caramelize.
  3. Once the onions caramelize, add the garlic, ginger, chilies, and kosher salt. Allow the mixture to cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Next, add the mustard seed, turmeric, coriander, and fennel. Stir for 1 minute until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  5. Add the water and then whisk in the coconut milk. Add the lentils and bring the mixture to a boil on saute mode.
  6. Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 15 minutes with quick release.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in spinach. Bring to a simmer on saute mode, about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the last 1 tbsp of ginger, lime juice, and kosher salt. Stir well.
  9. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with long-grain basmati rice.

ABOUT THE MEAL

Goa is a coastal city and happens to be the smallest state in India. The food they make is unique to their region; Goan cuisine is well known for its balance of sweet and spicy, and its inclusion of coconut and seafood in many of their dishes. I hope you enjoy this Goa masoor dal recipe our family loves.

What ingredients do I need for this meal?

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut is a central ingredient in Goan cuisine; they use every part of the coconut in their cooking- the oil, milk, and meat are all featured. I use coconut oil and coconut milk to flavor the dal.

  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Ginger

  • Boriya Chillies

  • Spices: I use salt, black mustard seed, turmeric, coriander powder, and ground fennel to flavor the dal.

  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk: Coconut is a central ingredient in Goan cuisine; they use every part of the coconut in their cooking- the oil, milk, and meat are all featured. I use coconut oil and coconut milk to flavor the dal.

  • Red Lentils-Masoor Dal: Dal, otherwise spelled daal or dahl, means lentil in Hindi. Masoor dal has an orange or red color when dry, but the color changes to bright yellow once cooked. Other varieties of dal break down differently during the cooking process. Be sure to use red lentils as they break down entirely as they cook and lend the perfect consistency to the dal. While cooking, be sure to check the dal every so often and give it a quick stir to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Overcooked dal is mushy, and undercooked dal is crunchy, much like a seed. You want the dal to be tender but still have substance.

  • Spinach

  • Lime

What equipment do I need to make this recipe?

Is Goa red dal vegetarian? Is it vegan?

This dish is tasty and vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

Can I freeze the Goa red dal?

Yes, first allow the dal to cool and gather several freezer-safe bags. Scoop a small amount of dal into each bag, careful to leave a few inches of space so the dish can expand if needed. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing the bags. Moong Dal will freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat, let it defrost in the fridge overnight. To serve, warm it on the stove and prepare your side dishes.

INSTRUCTIONS: STEP-BY-STEP

  1. Gather 1 cup of masoor dal. Rinse it in a colander and set it aside.
  2. In a saute pan, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook on low heat until the onions brown and caramelize.
  1. Once the onions caramelize, add the garlic, ginger, chilies, and kosher salt. Allow the mixture to cook for about 1 minute.
  1. Next, add the mustard seed, turmeric, coriander, and fennel. Stir for 1 minute until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  1. Add the water and then whisk in the coconut milk. Stir in the lentils and bring the mixture to a boil.
  1. Reduce the heat and cover the pan with a lid. Cook on medium heat for about 25-30 minutes.

  2. Stir in spinach and return to a simmer, about 3-4 minutes.

  1. Off heat, add the last 1 tbsp of ginger, lime juice, and kosher salt to taste. Stir well.

  2. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with long-grain basmati rice.

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