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.

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Torrential rain and howling winds prevented us from getting out into the garden or further afield this weekend, and I decided to share one of our favourite recipes as it’s been a long time since I shared the last one.

This is a lightly spiced, creamy curry, which is both vegan and gluten-free. We tend to cook this in bulk and freeze the extra portions for quick midweek meals, so you may need to reduce the suggested quantities.

Ingredients (Serves 8):

1 Red Chili Pepper finely diced
3 Garlic Cloves minced
Large nub of Ginger minced
100g of Fresh Coriander (Cilantro)
2 Large onions diced
3 Large Sweet Potatoes peeled and chopped into small cubes
2 400g tins of Chickpeas (drained)
2 400g tins of Chopped Tomatoes
2 400g tins of Coconut Milk
2 cups of frozen peas
200g of frozen spinach
3 tsp of Paprika
3 tsp of Cumin
3 tsp of Tumeric
3 tsp of Cinnamon
3 tsp of Dried Rosemary
3 tsp of Garam Masala

Method:

Heat a large casserole dish or pan on a medium heat, add two tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is warm, add the onions, garlic and ginger and lightly cook for a few minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent.

Add all the spices and rosemary, mix well and add a splash of water. Cover, stir occasionally to prevent from sticking and add more water if required until it resembles a thick paste.

After a few minutes, mix in sweet potato, cook and cover for three to five minutes.

Add the tomatoes and coconut milk, stir thoroughly until both have combined. Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the chickpeas, peas, spinach and coriander. Stir well.

Cook uncovered for another 10 to 20 minutes until thickened.

Serve with boiled rice and papadums.

 

Broad Bean and Pea Risotto

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Ingredients:

1 Cup of risotto rice

1/2 cup of frozen peas

1/2 cup of broad/fava beans (if using fresh 500g in pods: remove from pod, blanch for 2 mins in boiling water, drain then submerge the beans in cold water and remove the outer skin)

1 medium onion finely diced

500ml of vegetable stock water

1 lemon

1 tsp of fresh thyme

1 clove of garlic, crushed or finely diced

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Method:

Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into a medium sized pan on a medium heat. Once the oil is warm, add the onion and garlic. Cook for five minutes or until the onion starts to turn translucent.

Stir in the rice, add two tablespoons of stock water and mix well. Cover the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to prevent the rice from sticking.

Once the liquid reduces, add another tablespoon of stock and add the thyme, stir well to mix through. Continue adding a tablespoon of water at a time until the rice is cooked.

Add the broad beans and frozen peas, cook for another five minutes, stirring frequently, or until the liquid has reduced.

Remove from the heat, squeeze lemon juice into the risotto and stir through. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently to allow the risotto to thicken before serving.

 

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.