Hi friends! Hope the weekend has treated you well. Today marks the halfway point of my yoga teacher training. This is exciting but also a bit unbelievable considering I feel I have so much left to learn!
Because the weekends are nonstop with the training, I literally throw together random combinations of brown rice and vegetables for lunches and dinners. I’ve also become re-obsessed with cereal (of the gluten-free variety). Hence why I have not been showing off my foodie creations as of late.
Luckily, I had this particular recipe stashed away for a rainy day! The funny thing is, when I made it, I was throwing together random ingredients with no plan in mind, and it turned out *almost* like the dal I was used to eating at home. So I call that successful.
It features this wonderful ingredient from none other than Trader Joe’s, which makes this recipe ridiculously easy:
The Simplest Bowl of Lentils
- 1 package of Trader Joe’s steamed lentils
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
- a small handful of cilantro for garnish
Place a large pot on the stove, and turn on the heat to medium-high. Melt the ghee and add the cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds become fragrant (about 1 minute) add the chopped tomatoes. After another minute of stirring the tomatoes, add all remaining ingredients except for the cilantro. Mix all ingredients and allow the lentils to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro before serving.
*Note: a small amount of water can be added if a soup-like dish is desired.
This dish can be paired with brown rice, quinoa, a whole wheat tortilla, or enjoyed on its own!