|Red-lentil dal on Indian-style mashed potatoes.|
So, behold, "Meaty red lentils 2.0"!
I stuck with the same basic recipe (available by clicking the link above), but made two key changes.
First, after the lentils were almost done, I stirred in 1 cup thawed frozen lima beans. (Fresh cooked limas, if available, would have been great, too.) This was a splendid addition, adding color, flavor and a compatible texture to the finished dish.
Then, I served the dish over a mound of steaming mashed potatoes! This was a brillian idea (for which I credit my wife); and while it would have worked well with standard mashed P's, it was even better with an Indian-style variation: I peeled, cubed and simmered two medium baking potatoes, then mashed them with an aromatic liquid mix of yogurt, a splash of coconut milk, cumin and turmeric and a hefty dose of black pepper.
The dal and mashed potato mix made a deeply consoling, deliciously flavorful combination. I'll definitely do this again.