1. Wash the dhal thoroughly (even scrubbing quickly with your hands).

  2. Stir the dhal and water together in a pot and bring to a boil. (ratio 1 to 6, a little less water if you like it thicker).

  3. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Scoop the foam off the top with a spoon as it rises (or whenever you like). Stir, occasionally.

  4. Put the heat on very low, and leave it there for as long as you like, making sure there is enough water so it won’t dry out. (Makes 1 serving. This recipe can be easily multiplied to feed the whole family.)