Channa Dhal or Indian Lentils are a great twist on the classic lentil dish. Lentils are healthy too and your kids will be begging for more once they take a bite of this flavorful dish. Add more or less spices, depending on your family’s taste.

Serves 2 adults and 2 kids

1 cup channa dhal or yellow split peas
4 cups water
1 tomato chopped
1 teaspoon fennel powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon tumeric powder
¼ teaspoon chilli powder (to taste or omit)
salt to taste (add after boiling)

For tempering:
1-2 tablespoons ghee, olive oil, canola oil or a mixture (100% ghee is the best)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 medium onion or 3 shallots, chopped

1. In a saucepan add first 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for 45-50 minutes till yellow split peas are soft

2. Mash about 1/3 of the yellow split peas using the back of a big spoon. Season to taste

3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed skillet and add diced onion and salt to taste

4. Fry onions till light brown for about 7 – 9 minutes

5. Add the cumin seeds and fry for another minute

6. Add cumin and onion mixture to dhal and simmer for 5 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed.

This is a guest post from our friends Simran and Stacie at a Little Yumminess. Be sure to visit their blog for more fab, kid-friendly recipes!