Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cajun Dal, Y'all!

What happens when a Cajun gal gets a craving for Indian food and then, somehow, that craving tuns into a craving for Cajun food?


Cajun Dal is born!

To those of you who've never had Indian food, dal is a dish of yellow split lentils. It is usually served as a vegetarian dish, as it is already high in protein. And, if you know me, you know I'm good with meatless, high protein meals. Still, though, I just had to know what the dal would be like if I threw some Cajun spices and some andouille into it.

Unlike most Cajun dishes, which start out with the sauteeing of garlic and spices, many Indian dishes include a spice mixture (known as a tadka) that is created after the initial dish has been started. The tadka is then stirred in near the end of cooking. I decided to brown the andouille with the spices and added the mixture in at the end of cooking, just like a traditional tadka would be.

I must say that I was very happy with the way the dish turned out. I ate some of the leftovers over brown rice with a dollop of strained yogurt to cool the burn from the andouille and hot sauce. YUM!

Cajun Dal
1 lb yellow split lentils
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 1/2 qt water
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp Creole seasoning
1/4 lb andouille, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
hot sauce


  1. Place lentils, carrots, water, salt, and Creole seasoning in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for about 45 mins, or until lentils lose shape.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  4. Add the andouille, onion, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, and tomato.
  5. Saute' for about 5 mins.
  6. Stir the andouille/spice mixture into the dal.
  7. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Season to taste with Creole seasoning and hot sauce.
  9. Garnish with parsley and/or green onions.

7 red beans:

misti said...

You are so great! Only a true Cajun could do this to Indian food...LOL!

Make a Roux said...

Aw, thanks, Misti! I do love some good Indian food, but sometimes you can't stop that ragin' need for Cajun food!

Marguerite said...

I agree with Misti! Great recipe and post, cher! Very original and looks delicious! Also love your new blog design! Fabulous!

DessertObsessed said...

this sounds delicious!!

Make a Roux said...

Thanks, Dorothy!!

Sam said...

This sounds awesome. I make dahl all the time. but not like this! I'm doin it. Then I'll try to make a sandwich out of it! Keri

Make a Roux said...

Keri, maybe you could make it sans andouille and use it as a topping on a grilled andouille dog? YUM.

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