If you're looking for instant comfort food, this is your recipe. It's so nourishing, we've been known to eat if for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This red lentil dal hits the spot on a cold winter day and its a dish we've made to ring in the New Year. Legend has it eating lentils on New Year's brings good luck. Whether you're superstitious or not, a bowl of warm red lentil dal is a good call any day.
Heat the oil in a medium pot, add the onions, garlic, and ginger, and cook until softened. About 5 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt, the cumin, and cayenne. Stir. Cook until fragrant. About 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes, 3 slices of lemon, and the lentils. Add the vegetable broth and stir well. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until the lentils are soft. Taste. Add a smidgen of maple syrup and / or salt as desired.
Serve hot. Garnish with chopped cilantro and remaining slices of lemon.
From My New Roots