Lentil Dhal Recipe

Ingredients (serves 2):

200g Red Lentils
1 Large Onion, finely diced.
Half inch of fresh root Ginger, grated.
2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed.
2 Tomatoes, chopped into eighths.

1/2 Teaspoon of Tumeric
1 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Coriander Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Mild Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala

Lentil Dhal

Method:

Bring a pan of water to the boil and pour in the lentils, cook for 8-10 minutes until softened or almost cooked through. Drain excess water and set aside, leaving one ladle of drained water to remain.

Toast the mustard, coriander and Cumin Seeds in a frying pan for 3-5 minutes. Once toasted, partially crush the seeds with a pestle and mortar and then add the other spices and mix well.

Place a frying pan on a low heat, pour a small amount of oil in and once warm, fry the onion, ginger and garlic in the pan until the onion turns translucent, then add the tomatoes. Add the spices to the pan and mix well.

Add a ladle full of water from the lentil to the pan, then gradually mix in the lentils until well combined. Cook for a further 3 minutes or until the water has been absorbed or lentils have become thick.

Lentil Bolognese Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4):

1 Onion finely diced

1 large Carrot grated

1 stalk of Celery grated

1 Clove of Garlic crushed

1 Courgette quartered lengthwise and finely chopped

1 Red or Orange pepper finely chopped

1/2 cup of Red Lentils

400g of Tomato Passata

1 tsp of vegetable stock powder

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One of the first vegetarian meals I learned to cook, this is a nourishing and adaptable meal.

Method:

Pour a splash of olive oil in a medium sized pan, put on a medium heat. Once the oil is warm, add the onions and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Add the grated carrot and celery, mix well and cook for 2-5 minutes or until softened.

Add the courgette and cook for 2 minutes, then add the pepper and cook for a further minute. Add 1 tsp of vegetable stock powder and mix well.

Pour in 1/2 cup of red lentils. Mix thoroughly to ensure the lentils are spread throughout and cook for one minute.

Add the tomato passata and up to 2 tablespoons of water. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce thickens and lentils start to break apart, stirring frequently.

Once cooked serve with pasta.

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup

Ingredients (serves 2-4):

1 medium Onion finely diced

1 medium sized Sweet Potato grated

2 medium Carrots grated

1 stalk of Celery grated or finely diced

1 clove of Garlic crushed

1cm cube of Fresh Root Ginger diced

2/3 cup of Red Lentils

2 tsp of Cumin

1 tsp of Turmeric

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A simple to cook fresh and slightly spiced soup.

Method:

Heat oil in a medium sized pan on a medium heat. Once the oil is warm, add the onion, garlic and ginger to the pan. Cook for 3 t0 5 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.

Add a pinch of salt, cracked black pepper, turmeric and cumin, stirring well for 30 seconds.

Add the grated carrot, sweet potato and celery to the pan, mix well and cook for one or two minutes until the the carrot and sweet potato have slightly softened.

Add the red lentils and stir thoroughly.

Add about one and a half pints of boiling water to the pan, mix in. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25 to 35 minutes or until lentils have cooked. Add more water if it appears too thick.

Blend with a handheld blender or in a food processor for a smoother soup.