Recipe: tomato and coconut lentil dhal curry
This is a healthy, comforting dish that you just know is doing you good when you eat it . Flavoured with immune boosting ginger, garlic and chilli this curry is great for a cold winter evening. Inspired by an Indian dhal (also spelt dal, daal, dahl) a lentil stew which is a staple of the Indian diet. Packed with protein - this makes a great vegetarian main dish.
I love curries and chilli and get a bit distracted if I don't get my daily chilli fix in at least one of my meals. I have heard there is such a thing as chilli addiction.......
You can obviously add more or less chillies depending on their strength and your preference.
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 1 hour
author: chip butties and noodle soup
2 cup green lentils (or lentil of choice - but remember to follow your packet cooking instructions as it may be different from mine)
2 tin chopped tomatoes
6 tbs dessicated coconut
1 chopped onion
2 tsp fennel seed
2 tsp coriander seed
2 tsp cumin seed
2 tsp mustard seed
2 tsp turmeric
2 bay leaves
4-5 cloves garlic crushed
3 inches grated ginger
1 tbs oil
1 litre boiling water or veg stock
salt and pepper to taste
- wash lentils thoroughly in cold water then add to a pan with cold water and the turmeric and boil uncovered for 15 minutes
- while this is happening add the oil to another pan and when hot add the chopped onion. Fry until golden brown and caramelised.
- when the onions are browned add the spice seeds and bay leaves and fry for a few minutes to release the flavour.
- then add the ginger, garlic and chillies and continue to fry for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes and dessicated coconut.
- stir this together and top up with about 1 litre of boiling water or stock
- simmer for about an hour - until the lentils are soft.
- add salt and pepper to taste
- this can be served with rice, flat bread or potatoes. I served this with simple boiled white rice and my za'atar roast potatoes
I have just updated this from an earlier post as a recipe to be shared as part of The Ordinary Cook's food poverty challenge for May 2013. The aim is to create a family meal for 4 for less than £3. This recipe comes in on budget and is really healthy and tasty too.
|The Ordinary Cook Food Poverty Challenge
I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know how you get on...