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Three-Bean Dal
© Lucy Schaeffer

Three-Bean Dal

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4 to 6
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Chef Way Whole black lentils, split Bengal gram (split dried chickpeas) and red kidney beans all need to soak overnight for this soothing, creamy bean dish.

Easy Way Quick-cooking split yellow peas and canned beans make this recipe fast but still totally satisfying.

  1. 1 cup yellow split peas (7 ounces)
  2. Kosher salt
  3. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  4. 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  5. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1 small tomato, chopped
  10. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  11. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  12. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  13. 1/2 cup water
  14. One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  15. One 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  16. Basmati rice and warm naan, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the split peas and a generous pinch of salt and boil until just beginning to break down, about 50 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the ginger, garlic, jalapeño, cumin and cayenne and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the tomato and tomato paste and cook until the tomato is slightly broken down, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, butter and water and bring to a boil. Stir in the yellow split peas, chickpeas and kidney beans and season with salt. Simmer over low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Serve with basmati rice and naan.
Make Ahead The recipe can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.