Broccoli Dal Curry

Can be a vegetarian main dish but works great as a hearty side.

4 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 cup red lentil
1 lemon, juice of
3 cups chicken broth
2 medium broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup dried coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped (optional)
Directions:

1
Heat butter in saucepan and saute onions until well browned.
2
Add chili powder, pepper, cumin, coriander and turmeric.
3
Stir and cook, 1 minute.
4
Add lentils, lemon juice, broth and coconut if using.
5
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45-55 minutes (if mixture is too thick, you may need to add a little hot water).
6
Steam broccoli for 7 minutes.
7
Plunge broccoli in cold water and set aside.
8
Remove 1/3 cup of liquid from the lentil mixture.
9
Add to flour to form a smooth paste.
10
Return to pan; add broccoli, salt and nuts if using.
11
Simmer for 5 minutes.
12
Serve over Basmati rice. I used brown and it was great.

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