I got this recipe from my friend here. It's actually Arab, but when made with the spices it's very reminiscent of Indian cuisine.
It's a lot like the simple lentils that I make, only with some ethnic spices and sweet caramelized onions on top. It's the same ingredients, but it's a very different meal. We liked it!
I just wanted to add my recipe for masala (nope, you don't have to buy the fancy spices, you can use combinations of your own!
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp ground black pepper