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MAKE THIS: FRENCH GREEN LENTIL DHAL


Two of my most favourite people in the world invited myself and Chris over for a night of curry and catch-ups. Now these two hark from exotic backgrounds and they sure know how to cook exotic foods.
I was SOO impressed by the curry dishes served that night that I set myself a little challenge to try cooking one out for myself. I love curries, but it’s not something I’ve ever bothered to cook or learn to. There is no time like the present.
Armed with these ingredients I did a bit of research and tweaked a few recipes to come up with something I thought might be simple enough to taste good without being too complicated for my first curry foray.

What you’ll need:
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic diced/ minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric or freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup of dry french green lentils (pre-soaked)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • salt
  • lemon
  • Whole milk yoghurt
  • Coriander powder
  • Fresh chopped coriander – 1 cup
What to do:
  • Heat the ghee and add the onion. Turn the temp down and saute until the onions become translucent
  • Add in ginger, garlic and the spices. 
  • Stir to cook up.
  • Add in the lentils and the water and increase the heat to a boil.
  • Bring back to a simmer and place the lid on. Stirring every 5 minutes or so until the lentils are tender (maybe 20 minutes – add more water if it’s not cooked through enough) 
  • Add the curry paste, salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze lemon on top.
  • To make the yoghurt dressing – blend yoghurt, coriander powder and coriander leaves until well mixed and serve on top!

You can enjoy this alone or as a side dish. I had it as is for dinner and really loved it. Hopefully more curry recipes coming your way!

Eat and enjoy. Saha to you.
Claire x


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