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Chickpea Dal (kabuli Chana Dal)

2 cn (15-oz) chickpeas
1/2 ts Cumin seeds
1 sm Onion; minced
1 tb Minced fresh ginger
1 tb Minced garlic
1/2 ts Ground turmeric
1 tb Ground coriander
1/2 -(up to)
1 ts Red pepper powder (Cayenne)
1 1/2 c Tomato sauce
1/2 ts Salt; or to taste
2 tb Fresh lime juice

Remove 1 c. chickpeas (including the liquid) from 1 can of chickpeas. Drain. Coarsely chop. In a food processor or blender, process the remaining chickpeas and the liquid to a puree. Set aside.

Heat a nonstick saucepan over moderate heat. Add the cumin seeds and stir until they crackle, about 10 seconds. Add onion, ginger & garlic. Stir until onion is translucent. Add turmeric, coriander and red pepper. Cook, stirring, for about 20 seconds, being careful not to burn. Add tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 1 minute. Add chopped & pureed chickpeas. Cook, stirring, 2-3 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Add salt to taste.* Remove from heat. Add lime juice and stir. YUM!

Serve with rice, whole wheat bread, and a yogurt salad (raitta). "For a special treat, try Piquant Lime Rice."

*we watch our sodium, so instead of using salt we doubled the lime juice. This would make a great party dip with pita triangles, if it were pureed a bit more completely.:

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