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Spiced Lentils for serving with Flatbreads

This recipe was created by AmandaJ, a keen cook and member of the online eco community over on our sister site, Ooffoo.

Amanda writes:

"This hot and spicy lentil dish is really versatile. Personally I serve it with flat bread if I'm having it for lunch, and when serving as an evening meal, I add a bowl of rice and a bowl of vegetables fried with ginger.

Nom, nom, nom!

It could also be used:

- as an accompaniment to curry, for dunking poppadoms;
- as a sauce with chicken or if like me you're vegetarian, alongside quorn fillets;
- or, as a dipping sauce for crisps at a party.


It's so simple to cook and takes 30 minutes (maximum)!"

 
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of lentils (I use a tea cup)

  • 2 cups of water

  • Spicy Paste made with:

    • Half a teaspoon hot chilli powder
    • Quarter of a teaspoon cayenne
    • Quarter of a teaspoon paprika
    • 1 cardamom pod
    • Quarter of a teaspoon cumin seeds
    • Pinch black peppercorns
    • Pinch of fenugreek seeds
    • Half a small onion
    • 1 garlic glove
    • 3 tablespoons of water
    • Quarter of a teaspoon mixed spice
    • Quarter of a teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
 

Method

Amanda says:

"You'll need to prepare the paste first:

1. Roughly chop the onion and garlic and add the water. Use a processor to turn the mix into a puree.

2. Grind the cumin and fenugreek seeds, and lightly toast in a frying pan.
3. Grind the cardamom seeds and peppercorns and add to the frying pan with the rest of the spices and the puree.
4. Stir well and gently heat for a few minutes.

Then...


5. Place the lentils and cups of water in a saucepan, place them on the stove and bring to the boil on a high heat.
6. Add the spicy paste, stirring well and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, adding more water if necessary to avoid drying out.
7. After 20 minutes or when the lentils appear cooked, serve with flat bread.

This recipe makes a very generous helping, that feeds 4 alongside flat bread.

I've just made a big ol' bowl myself, so I could be sure that the ingredients I listed were spot on...and it's delicious. As soon as I click save, I'll be devouring a huge portion with some toast :-)

Enjoy!"

Thanks from us, Amanda!
 

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

30 minutes, maximum
 

Notes & Variations on Spiced Lentils for serving with Flatbreads

If you prefer it milder, just tone down the chilli and step up the nutmeg. You could try adding mushrooms or maybe peas if you have some to use.
 
 
 

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