Tempered Lentil (Dhal) Curry/ Parippu Themparaduwa

Lentil curry is a very famous curry in Sri Lanka. The creamy and nice taste to go with anything makes it a bit different from other curries.

You can cook lentils in different ways. but this is the nice curry ever. I didn’t add a lot of chillies in this. You adjust the level of chillie always . I find the creamier the curry is the better.

To do the tempered lentils all you need to do is to add some extra flavour by tempering some ingredients. Enjoy!

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This is 1/2 cup lentils. this will serve 4-6 people.

Put the lentils in to a mixing bowl and add water. I always soak the lentils about 5-10 minutes to soak. That way it’s really easy to wash.
Wash until the water runs clear. If not sometimes it tastes different.
Chop some Garlic, onions, chillies, curry leaves and cinnamon with pandan (Rampe) leaves.
I used a 1/2 tsp chillie powder , 1/8 tsp (Pinch) turmeric powder, and a teaspoon full curry powder.
Add all in to the lentils
Next add 1 1/2 cups water in to it. You can use the second coconut milk if you are using the fresh coconut.
Mix well.
Put the pot on the stove. Cook on a medium heat stirring several times with a lid on.
When its well cooked add enough salt to your taste and add 1/2 cup thick coconut milk.
Cook until the coconut milk comes to the boil. Stir well and serve with plain rice or string hoppers or bread.
To temper the lentils I used 1 Tsp mustard seeds, several red chillies cut in to two, curry leaves and pandan (Rampe) leaves, cinnamon and 1 tables spoon full finely chopped onion and a 1 tsp full finely chopped garlic.
Add a tablespoon full oil in to a pan. leave the oil to be very hot.
Add all the ingredients prepared for the tempering.
Fry until golden brown.
Add the fried ingredients in to the lentils curry. ( I normally plan time like when the curry is going to be ready I fry the ingredients for tempering)
Mix well. Serve with, rice, bread, string hoppers or anything needs a curry to accompany. 
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