When is it enough? I’m talking about the spicy, tangy, sometimes eye-watering heat that comes from these gorgeous Thai Chili Peppers. Honestly I never knew they were called Thai Chili Peppers until I started this blog and needed a description. I sometimes heard my dad say ‘junglee mircha’ (Junglee = Wild / Mircha = Hot Pepper). All that said, these peppers are one of my favorite ingredients to work with. They are the co-star in many of my vegetable curry recipes like this dhal or this chutney recipe, I also use in my tuna or eggs. Cooked or raw. Okay you get the point, I am sure!
When I was younger, dhal was a weekly staple in our home. I remember my mom feeding me at a young age. She would mix rice, butter and dhal with her hands and form a little fistful of dhal bhat. (bhat = rice). To this day, this is a flavor that I will never forget. It’s a meal I will never forget. It’s a memory that I will always have of my mom. Eating from her hands.
As an adult, I’ve realized how versatile dhal can be. It’s been a great way to introduce spices to my babies. It’s been a great side dish to any fry meats or vegetables but also a main dish for my vegetarian daughter. Making this recipe in an instant pot makes life so much easier, especially because I always forget to soak my lentils overnight.