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                             RENJNA'S DAL SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Indian
                 Appetizers                       Vegetarian
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       c            Masoor dal (red lentils)
                         Water to cover
    2       ts           Turmeric
    1       t            Salt
    4       tb           Canola oil
    6       ea           Cloves garlic
    4       ea           Jalapeno peppers
    2       ts           Garam masala
    2       tb           Cumin seeds
      1/2   ts           Salt
                         Additional salt to taste
   Sort and wash the dal until the water runs clear.
   Place the dal in a soup pot and add water to cover by
   about 2 inches.  Add the turmeric and 1 teaspoon of
   salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for
   about 30 minutes, until the dal is soft and beginning
   to fall apart. Add more water if the dal is too thick.
   Heat the oil in a frying pan.  Mince the garlic,
   coarsely chop the jalapenos (remove the seeds if you
   don't want the dal to be very hot). Add the garlic and
   jalapenos to the oil, along with the cumin seeds,
   garam masala and salt.  Saute for a few minutes, until
   the garlic begins to brown.  Add this mixture to the
   dal.  Mix well (you may need to add a little dal to
   the frying pan and pour this back into the pot to get
   all the spices out of the pan).  Simmer for another 20
   minutes or so to blend all the flavors well.  Adjust
   salt, if desired.
   Top with chopped cilantro for garnish if desired.
   Serve hot, with bread as a light main course, or
   incorporate into a full Indian dinner.
   Recipe by Renjna, Posted by Hilde Motte.
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