Spiced Yellow Lentils and Rice with Raita

This is a bowl of healthy comfort food to eat on a frigid day.  You can eat it until you are full and it's still good for you.
 Cook yellow split peas according to package directions and add a bay leaf, 1 tsp. of turmeric, 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger, 2 tsp. cumin and some salt and pepper. Bring this to a boil and then partially cover and simmer for about 1 hour until the peas are tender.

While that is cooking, melt 4 tsp. of ghee (or oil) in a pan.

Add 1 large diced onion and 4 minced garlic cloves and cook until the onion softens.  Sprinkle this with salt and pepper, 1/8 tsp. ground cloves and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon.

To make the raita, in a separate  bowl mix 2 cups of plain yogurt with 2 grated carrots, 1 diced cucumber, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp. cumin and some salt to taste.  Mix this thoroughly and set aside.

Stir the onion mixture into the split peas.

Make some rice and serve the split peas over it in a bowl.

Top it with some minced cilantro and parsley.  Serve it with a dollop of raita and some naan on the side.


Anonymous said…
that looks so good and the bread looks wonderful!
Anonymous said…
That just look delicious!
Too long since I had naan to be honest, perhaps I should try and bake it this weekend now when it will get nasty cold and the fire will burn in the stove all day anyway.

Have a great day!

That sounds delicious, dahl is one of my favorite dishes ever....love this curry-less version. Look forward to trying it.

Guillaume said…
You rarely ever think of healthy and comfort food to go together, but this is definitely it. I'd love to try some.
Mary Ann said…
We had chicken and veggie wraps and chips :-) The easy way out :-)
I love this recipe and I've been reading how good tumeric is for you. I will try this on the weekend. Thanks for your lovely detailed directions and photos.
Tikkun said…
I have yellow split peas in my pantry & it is freezing out today so thank you :)!
Magic Love Crow said…
Looks so good! Had to share this with my mom!