1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (use lemon juice as substitute)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional for adult portion)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (optional for adult portion)
2 - 3 cups of water
In a medium sized saucepan, heat the oil and garlic. Cook garlic for 1 minute or until aromatic
Wash the lentils in cold water then add to the saucepan. Add the turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper and stir
Pour 2 cups of water, stir and cover to simmer for 10 minutes on low heat
Uncover after 10 minutes and stir through the tomatoes, tomato paste and pomegranate molasses/lemon juice
Add another cup of water if needed and cover again for 5-10 minutes or until all ingredients are soft
Serve with rice, vegetable mash or on its own! For the adult portion, add a green chilli (or two) and enjoy with some naan bread.
I use pomegranate molasses because it gives the daal a beautiful sweet and tangy flavour. You can use lemon juice as a substitue, tastes just as good. I am very lucky, I get a jar of home made molasses from a good friend whose mother makes it from home grown white pomegranates. I call it liquid gold :)
Lentils are an inexpensive staple packed with protein and fibre as well as many other nurtrients. I find lentils make for excellent baby food because not only is it easy to eat but also easily digested. It provides a wholesome meal that's low in salt and fat and can be served in a variety of ways. My favourite is serving the lentils with mash, just so delicious!