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How to Make Red Lentil Dal

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: INDIAN
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
3 tbsp
8 g
3 c
2 clove
2 whole
1 tsp
1 tbsp
1 whole
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 inch
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
1/4 tsp
2 pinch
2 pinch
2 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

No Indian meal is complete without dal or rice. Bengali's use a variety of different lentils cooked with many different spices. Feel free to experiment.

1. Soak the lentils in water for 2-12 hours. Then drain and rinse well.

2. Fill water to twice the height of the lentil. Add salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat for 60 minutes.

3. Cut tomatoes into wedges and add.

4. Fry onions in 2 tbsp sunflower oil. Add garlic at the end because it burns quickly.

5. Mix into daal.

6. In a separate frying pan, make a paste with the spices and fry in the remaining oil. Add to lentils.

7. Cook, keeping at a simmer adding some water every now and then. The lentils are done when they have completely melted and the soup is smooth, blended and watery. This typically takes 60 minutes of simmering. Garnish with lime and fresh cilantro.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

'Red Lentil Dal' is one of those meals - no matter how many times you cook it, it always tastes a little different. But that is the beauty of this recipe. It is a wonderful base for each individual to make their own mark on it. The use of simple ingredients and carefully selected spices in this meal encapsulates the wisdom of Ayurvedic cooking, while making it accessible to even the most novice chef. No matter how bad your day or long the week, a steaming bowl of warm, comforting dal will keep you grounded and content.

Proper Preparation

Lentils can be difficult to digest, but with the proper preparation (soaking and rinsing thoroughly beforehand) and combining with digestive spices, they become a nourishing fuel and a staple in Ayurvedic cooking. The spices used in this recipe are carminative in nature which means they minimize the gas forming properties often associated with lentils. Carminative herbs and spices, like cardamom, garlic and ginger, also stoke your digestive fire and assist in the elimination of digestive toxins.

One Pot Wonder

When all the ingredients are cooked together, they become well combined and easy to digest. This type of 'one pot wonder' meal is exactly what the digestive system loves to receive. Over time, eating these light, soft and easy to digest meals will increase energy and improve digestive strength. 'Red Lentil Dal' can be enjoyed at any occasion, but is particularly useful when when you are feeling under the weather or recovering from an illness.

WHAT IS RED LENTIL DAL?

When I first discovered daal, I ate it every meal for a week in a row. Then I was so sick of daal I didn't eat it again for several months. Now we have a more stable relationship and I enjoy daal once a week.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Red Lentil Dal Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
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Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Red Lentil Dal
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Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Numbs Anasthetic

NUMBS-ANASTHETIC

Inhibits sensation in a particular area.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Warms Chest

WARMS-CHEST

Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Irritates Throat

IRRITATES-THROAT

Creates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Warms Head

WARMS-HEAD

An herb that increases sensations of heat and warmth in the head.

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Warms Ears

WARMS-EARS

Stimulates peripheral circulation to warm extremities, including the ears.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Emmenagogue

EMMENAGOGUE

Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Vitamin K, Potassium, Vitamin C,
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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, 5a Reductase Inhibitor, Sulphur, Sulfated Polysaccharides,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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, Sodium, Polysaccharides, Fats

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Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

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Wasabi has these Actions in Common

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Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

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Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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I fixed this for dinner last night. It was delicious! My kids and husband both loved it. Thank you!
- Jennifer, Gresham, OR
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, 01-23-13 (Reply)
My daughter made some of this for me. It was delicious, so now I have the recipe and I will be making it for myself and my husband. Joyce, Greeley, CO
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, 04-06-13 (Reply)
I made this and I loved it. I did add some root vegatables and adjusted the recipe a bit. I also served it with yogurt on top. Very good:)
- jennifer maves, Asheville, NC
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, 03-05-14 (Reply)
Even though the instructions weren't very good, the result was good.
- Cindy Nelson, Healdsburg, CA
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, 08-31-14 (Reply)
Please tell us how the instructions can be improved.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC , 09-01-14 (Reply)
Elan! You can squeeze the lime atop the daal afterwards as a garnish. Don't cook it!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 04-06-15 (Reply)
Elan! You can squeeze the lime atop the daal afterwards as a garnish. Don't cook it!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 04-06-15 (Reply)
If using Hingvastak Churna do we simply add it to this recipe or substitute it for some of the spices listed? I'd appreciate a detailed dal recipe using the hingvastak churna -- I bought it a while ago but haven't used it yet. Thanks!
- Janet Cox, Waite hill, OH , 04-06-15 (Reply)
Janet - you can definitely use hingvashtak in places of the spices in this recipe...1/4-1/2 tsp per serving to start. Spices are generally flexible, so just make it appeal to your taste buds and you should be good!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 04-07-15 (Reply)
Is there an onion that is better for kosha
- Tina, San jose, CA , 10-11-15 (Reply)
Kapha can substitute raw red onion.
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, 12-18-15 (Reply)
Just made this with yellow lentils. OMG amazing.
- Kristy Meyer, St. louis, MO , 03-11-16 (Reply)
I've updated the instructions to include soaking and simmering time along with when to add the cilantro and lime. Our ingredients list always appears in alphabetical order. The leaves and stems of fresh cilantro can be used. Thank you for your feedback!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 07-24-18 (Reply)
So delicious! I added chili pepper instead of cayenne by mistake and it still turned out great. I will definitely be making this again,
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