Delicious Dal (split orange lentils) here prepared with a Sattvic touch. Sattvic food according to Ayurveda means it is related to Sattva (in Sanskrit) and indicates peacefulness and creativity, drawing one towards wisdom or knowledge (Jnana in Sanskrit).
For two cups of Dal:
1- Wash the Dal properly.
2- In a large pot, place some olive oil and add half a stick of cinnamon, two teaspoons of cumin, one teaspoon of black pepper (crushed), two teaspoon of Madras curry, two teaspoons of mustard seeds (crushed), two teaspoons of coriander seeds (crushed), about two cm of fresh ginger root (crushed), some garlic (crushed), some salt to taste and one large tablespoon of brown sugar.
[Tip: crush the spices in a mortar to get all their flavour.]
3- Cook on low fire until the flavours of the spices develop (not too much so that the mix does not burn given the oil and the sugar)
4- Add the Dal and mix well. Add water to cover the Dal and let it cook for about 25 minutes on low fire. Add some water if it dries.
5- Just before serving, add the juice of a lime and some fresh coriander chopped.
Serve with Basmati rice cooked with raisins, and Raita (plain yoghurt with cumin, cucumber and salt).