Dal Bhat or Nepali Dal Bhat, is a dish made of lentils and rice, actually It is considered that this is the national dish of Nepal. Generally the rice is either boiled or steamed and It is served in the middle of the dish and surrounded by the dal or lentils and sometimes with some other curries or chutney or with a pickle.
For people, Dal Bhat is easy to cook and it can be cooked with other flavours like onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, turmeric and red chilli pepper.
When you are trekking in the Himalayas you will eat this everyday. It is a vegetarian dish and has plenty of carbs, protein, vitamins, minerals and fluids. This food will give you exactly the energy that your body needs during the trek.
- 2 cups of cooked white rice to serve with dal.
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 inch piece of ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
- 3 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon salt
How to prepare?
- Take a large frying pan and put the ghee or oil, then add onions, the cool until the onions turn into bit of brown (edible cooked)
- Low down the heat and add the ginger, garlic, crushed coriander seeds, turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix them until they are mixed well (2-3 mins or so)
- Then add the red lentils and Stir the onion mixture well.
- Then add the water and wait till it boils well, meanwhile add the salt. Reduce the heat a bit (or low), then wait until the lentils are really tender (15 mins or so). Add the cilantro and turn off the heat.
- It’s ready for serving with the boiled or steamed rice
The entire preparation and cooking might take nearly 30 - 45 min.
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