SLOW COOKER DAL

Hands-on time: 20 min­utes To­tal time: 8¼ hours Makes: 6 to 8 serv­ings

Canadian Living Comfort Food - - Soups & Stews -

Green lentils hold their shape af­ter hours of cook­ing, so they’re ideal for slow cooker recipes. Par­tially blend­ing this tra­di­tional veg­e­tar­ian curry cre­ates the same thick, vel­vety tex­ture you’d find in a restau­rant. Serve with roti or rice.

2 onions

2 cups dried green lentils, rinsed

2 toma­toes, seeded and chopped

1 jalapeño pep­per, sliced

4 cloves gar­lic, minced

4 tsp minced peeled fresh gin­ger

1 tbsp each cumin seeds and

ground co­rian­der

¼ cup but­ter

1 tbsp lemon juice

1½ tsp salt

½ tsp pep­per

½ cup plain Balkan-style yo­gurt

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Slice 1 of the onions; set aside. Finely chop re­main­ing onion.

In slow cooker, com­bine chopped onion, lentils, half of the toma­toes, the jalapeño pep­per, gar­lic, gin­ger, half each of the cumin seeds and co­rian­der and 6 cups wa­ter; cover and cook on low un­til lentils are ten­der, 8 to 10 hours.

Us­ing im­mer­sion blender, purée mix­ture to de­sired con­sis­tency and thick­ness, leav­ing some lentils whole. (Make-ahead: Re­frig­er­ate in air­tight con­tainer for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 3 weeks; re­heat be­fore con­tin­u­ing with recipe.)

Mean­while, in skil­let, melt but­ter over medium heat; cook sliced onion, stir­ring, un­til dark golden, about 7 min­utes. Add re­main­ing cumin seeds and co­rian­der; cook, stir­ring, un­til fra­grant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pep­per.

Stir onion mix­ture into slow cooker. Serve dal with yo­gurt, cilantro and re­main­ing toma­toes.

PER EACH OF 8 SERV­INGS: about 251 cal, 14 g pro, 7 g to­tal fat (4 g sat. fat), 35 g carb ( 7 g di­etary fi­bre, 5 g sugar), 18 mg chol, 486 mg sodium, 720 mg potas­sium. % RD I: 6% cal­cium, 37% iron, 10% vit A, 18% vit C, 119% fo­late.

TIP FROM THE TEST KITCHEN

If you don’t have an im­mer­sion blender, add one-third of the lentil mix­ture to an up­right blender, purée un­til smooth and then stir the purée back into the slow cooker.

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