4 lentil daal with star anise: A crock pot recipe

Garam masala with star anise is my new thing, and this ended up being a key flavoring in this daal. Why, not sure–it just adds a different and I think interesting flavor. And since I make garam masala every few weeks, it gives me a chance to experiment with proportions and ingredients.

  • 1/4 cup french lentils
  • 1/4 cup baluga lentils (black lentils that supposedly look like caviar)
  • 1/4 cup adzuki beans
  • 1/4 cup split peas
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 box Pomi strained tomatoes (use whatever you want, this is what I often have handy)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • 1 t coriander seeds
  • 1 t asofoedita powder (hing in hindi)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 T ginger paste
  • 1 T garlic paste
  • 1-2 t cayenne pepper (ie: Indian chilli powder)
  • 2 t garam masala
  • salt to taste
  1. If you don’t have garam masala, here’s a step-by-step recipe. I don’t use the bay leaves or ginger. And I added star anise.
  2. Throw all of these ingredients into the crock pot. I don’t even bother pre-cooking the onions anymore. Cook on high for an hour or hour and a half lower to low to finish cooking. You might need to add water part way through if you want it thinner. Enjoy! I just let this go for several hours while I was cooking so I’m not entirely positive how long it took to fully cook…


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About ds331

A lifelong vegetarian. A foodie. Can there be such a thing? Some restauranteurs don't seem to think so...but many of my veggie friends and family have a little something or two to teach them.
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