Monday, 23 March 2009


What a day - it started off sunny, then the wind got up and by playtime it was chilly - thank goodness for the coffee. Then lashing rain this afternoon and glorious sunshine in time for my walk home. A real mixture.


I made a sort of dhal this morning and had some with curry and rice for dinner. It was OK, so here it is.


Ingredients:

splash of olive oil

Two shallots, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tsp of ground coriander

Half tsp each or chilli powder, tumeric and cinnamon

1 tsp Marigold low salt vegetable bouillon powder

Boiling water

Black pepper

200g lentils (I used red)


Method:

Wash the lentils.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion, ginger and garlic and fry gently.

Then add the coriander, tumeric, chilli and cinnamon and fry for one or two minutes, stirring all the time.

Add the lentils, stir well.

Add the Marigold and some boiling water, until the lentils are covered.

Simmer until the lentils are cooked - you might need to add more water. It should be the consistency of thick porridge. Give it a stir now and again to prevent sticking.

I don't add any salt, but you could, if wanted.


It makes enough for five good sized individual servings and freezes well.


The photo is a view over Chatsworth, taken several years ago now.


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