Tuesday, November 25, 2014

recipe for success

earlier this week i woke to the first noticeable frost which put a sparkle on all of the rooftops and leaf edges in the garden. the sun broke through and it ended up being a crisp but glorious day. perfect weather for a hearty pot of warming lentil dahl i thought…

a hearty late autumn dahl
serves 6 (but stores well in the fridge for up to 5 days)

olive oil
2 x mixed peppers
1 x large onion
1 medium courgette
4 x good sized carrots
1 x tin chopped tomatoes (or fresh if you have them)
1/2 red chilli
6 x cloves of garlic
2 x teaspoons marigold bouillon powder
500g red lentils
2L boiling water

add indian spices to taste but i used roughly
4 x teaspoons garam masala
1 x teaspoon ground cumin
1 x teaspoon whole cumin
2 x teaspoons mild chilli powder
2 x teaspoons ground coriander
1 x teaspoon ground ginger
1 x teaspoon kolonji seeds

the beauty of this recipe is you can just wing it and add whatever needs using up in the fridge, today I also added some pumpkin and wrinkly celeriac which worked just fine.

dice all the veggies and add to a large stock sized pot and fry gently in the olive oil. add all of the spices and garlic and stir through. mix in the lentils, half the water and the bouillon powder and stir, bring to the boil and then simmer adding more water up to the full 2 litres if required. simmer for 30 minutes.

serve with a fried egg on top if the mood takes you.

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