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You Will Need
- 3/4 c. yellow split peas
- 3/4 c. toor dal, or dried split pigeon peas
- 3/4 c. dried red lentils
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 large tomato, diced into 1/2-in. pieces
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- Medium cast-iron casserole pot
Rinse the lentils
Remove any debris from the lentils and rinse lentils quickly in the sink. No need to presoak them.
Add the yellow split peas, the toor dal, and red lentils to a medium-sized, enamel cast-iron pot. Add water until the peas and lentils are covered by 1 1/2 inches, and place the dish over high heat. Bring to a boil.
Simmer for 1 hour, 15 minutes
Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for an hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, and cook until the red lentils and toor dal break down and the split yellow peas are tender. Remove the dish from the heat.
Heat oil and cumin seeds
Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet placed on medium-high heat. Heat until the oil begins to shimmer, add the cumin seeds, and cook for one minute, until the seeds darken.
Chop the onions
Chop the onions and mince the garlic, using a dash of salt to keep the garlic from sticking to your knife. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking, stirring frequently. Cook until the onion is golden brown, or about 6minutes.
Add spices and tomato
Add the coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to the onions, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring a few more times, for another 2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cook for 3 more minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
Add skillet mixture to lentils
Add the onion and tomato mixture in the skillet to the casserole dish with the lentils. Stir, return the dish to low heat, and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste.
Stir in butter and cilantro
Stir in the butter and cilantro, and mix until the butter is completely melted. Serve immediately with naan or rice.