Another Lentil Curry

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I wish I had known about this recipe when my friends were here over New Year and we had curries for dinner one night – I think they would have liked it. Oh well, I will be sure to make it next time they come.

It is based on a version by Nigel Slater. He calls it ‘spiced lentils’ – I call it lentil curry.

You can’t have too many recipes for lentil curry I think. I really like this recipe for daal Makhani – but this one is a good substitute for those bleak days when you realise you don’t have any cream.

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Lentil Curry: 250g brown or green lentils, some fresh ginger, 4 cloves garlic 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp ground coriander, 3 tsp garam masala, a dried red chilli, 1 tsp turmeric, 2 onions, some frozen tomatoes (or a tin), rapeseed oil.

Cook the lentils in a pan of water for 20-25 minutes, Put one onion Β (chopped), the peeled and chopped ginger, the garlic, spices and some oil in a food processor and whizz to make a paste – I added some water to loosen this. Slice the other onion and fry gently in some oil in a saucepan. Add the spice paste and fry for a little bit. add in the tomatoes and a little water – cook it down for a while. When you have a nice looking sauce, add the lentils and cook some more. Take out about a third of the mixture and blitz it in the food processor – add back to the pot. Season to taste.

This is unbelievably delicious.

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We had it with labne (made by straining some of Iggy Pop’s yoghurt) mixed with some cucumber our friends left when they came to stay – yay for friends and winter cucumber from the shop!

I also made naan bread instead of my usual pita bread to go with it – this was gorgeous, but that is for another post.

11 responses to “Another Lentil Curry

    • Ha ha me too – lentils I cook from scratch – beans and chickpeas I don’t – mainly because I end up forgetting about them and they burn in the pan. However, now i am trying to grow all my own beans (lovely lovely borlotti) I am cooking these from scratch – such a pain to put them in a can first!

  1. very nice claire …. amazing work we consume this recipe very often its amazing with rice , raita , phulka ( flat bread ) , add some clarified butter before serving, enjoy with pickle

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