Dhal with Spiced Tomatoes and Potatoes

  • 1 medium baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup red lentils, picked over, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pound plum tomatoes, chopped (or equivalent canned)
  • 1 (15 1/2 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, return to a boil, and cook until fork-tender, 7 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, reserving the cooking liquid.

Add lentils to the same saucepan and return cooking liquid to a boil. Cook until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 8-10 minutes; drain and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in the oil, then add the onion, jalapeño, garam masala, and cumin seeds. Cook until onion begins to soften, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, tomatoes, chickpeas, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes soften and potatoes are tender, 4-5 minutes. Stir in lentils and cook until heated through, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro.

Serve on top of basmati rice.

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