Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Microwave Lentil Recipe - Aloo dal

As mentioned in my rice recipe post, we are cooking with only a microwave as of late, because of this, and the lack of processed food even if we wanted it, I'm trying to be creative. <br>

Microwave lentils recipe

1.5 c washed lentils (tripled washed)
2 c water
1 tomato
2 garlic cloves
tsp salt
dash of red chili powder
dash of turmeric powder
Red onion to taste
diced potato
Extra water

Wash lentils. I used filtered water due to the water source here being suspect.
Cover with water.
Add salt
Add diced potato

Stir and microwave for 10 minutes

While microwaving, blend remaining items.

Pour blended mixture into bowl of lentils. Stir well. Use a little extra water to get the rest of the mixture out and add to lentils

Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and check lentils. If soft, then enjoy! Otherwise, microwave 2 more minutes or to your liking. You can also add additional water to make this more as a "soup" and microwave for approximately 30 minutes total. Lentils will then "mush" into a soup upon stirring.

Here it is served. My kids asked for ketchup with it so I said "why not" and added it. It brought down the temperature as well so they could eat it right away, which they did, on the microwave rice I made  before this!


  1. This looks so simple! As a college student I'm always looking for short cuts that don't' cut out taste :)

  2. Thank you so much! I was needing this--so glad I found you!

  3. Hi, just checking to see how long to cook lentils because I am going to try cooking them with rice and quinoa, and trying to figure out when to add what! LOL, yeah, if I can save time and steps, I am happy! I have to use the microwave and trying to do an easy grain/legume thing. I'm thinking cook the lentils until they are just firm, add the quinoa, give it a few minutes and then add the (white Jasmine) rice? Will probably add a can of diced tomatoes and some veggies and Indian spices to round it out, thanks to your idea...hey if nothing else it will be tasty mush...! LOL. Thank goodness I am only cooking for myself...I can do all kinds of kitchen experiments! You never know until you try, right? Wish me luck! Thanks for the info!


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