I’m pretty excited to put this out there… It’s the simplest, most nourishing meal I can cook and will last you a few lunches or dinners, depending on how many mouths you have to feed.
The best part is you can completely make it your own once you know the basics of the meal.
I will forewarn you - I don’t do measurements! This is a loose recipe and you can’t really mess it up so go with it and experiment for yourself…
Red Split Lentils
A Big Brown Onion
Some Garlic & Ginger
A bit of oil or ghee
Spices - Curry Powder, Cumin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Tumeric (about a teaspoon of each)
Veggies! (I use the following but use whatever you like);
- Sweet Potato/Potato
- Capsicum/Pepper (any colour)
- Green Beans
- Fresh Tomatoes
Brown rice and Papadums to serve with
Chop up all your veggies into nice bite size pieces.
Dice your onion up, heat some oil or ghee and fry it up in a large pot/pan. Throw in your chopped/grated/crushed garlic and ginger.
Add your veggies like potato, carrots, zucchini, capsicum (save the tomatoes & beans for later on)
Add your spices and stir through to activate the flavours and coat your veggies.
After a few minutes add about 100/150mL of water, turn the heat down and pop a lid on to let them all simmer away.
In another large pot, pour in about 1L to a 1.5L of boiling water, stir in some veggie stock (about a cube or teaspoon) then pop your lentils in (maybe about 200 grams).
Bring to boil, simmer and stir for about 20 minutes.
Once the lentils have turned more to a soup and your veggies have softened, combine everything you’ve used so far in the bigger pot, stir and turn the heat right down to finish cooking the veggies.
If you’re only using some of the dal for the current meal, then take out what you want to eat for now and pop it in another pot.
Cook some rice and when it’s about 5 minutes off ready, start to heat your dal up - add about 100mL of coconut milk, a fresh chopped tomato, some green beans and some chopped coriander.
Serve with some papadums and enjoy!