- Put lentils in a saucepan with water, crushed tomatoes, salt to taste and garam Masala - bring to boil and cover. (If you wish to add capsicum and or whole green chilli you may do so at this point). Reduce heat to low and cook for required amount of time see ** notes below.
- In another saucepan fry sliced onions till golden, add ginger and garlic and fry for about 2 minutes, then add turmeric, coriander ground and cumin ground (and chillies if you wish), fry on low heat for approximately 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Take care not to burn spices.
- Add this to cooked lentils and stir through
You may choose to soak lentils for 2-4 hours, then cook for about 20 minutes approximately in 2 cups of water OR Cook lentils without soaking for 45- 50 minutes with approximately 3 cups of water Lentils should be cooked so they are whole and soft
The amount of water needed is an indication only, and varies according to batch of lentils, heat used and how tightly lid fits saucepan etc. It is advisable therefore to check while cooking and add more water if required