Ahh the simple lentil. A tiny, colourful legume often passed over in favour of it’s more common cousin, the bean. Raved about by veggies but near enough unheard of by carnivores. This amazing little legume is packed full of protein and minerals, contains next to no fat and will fill you up in no time.
And it just happens to be surprisingly tasty too!!
This recipe is incredibly simple and cheap, uses tons of veg to keep you healthy and the lentils will keep you full till bedtime. So put down the meat, throw out the horrible pre-made curry sauce and give this a go!
Ingredients (serves 2) :
- 1 jar/tin of lentils
- half a red pepper
- half a broccoli
- two carrots
- half an onion
- half a clove of garlic
- a can of chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup of rice
- tsp of garam masala
- sprinkle of cumin
- sprinkle of hot chilli powder
- 2 cardamon pods
- salt and pepper
- Pour 2 cups of water into a pan and bring it to the boil. Add salt, then pour in the cup of rice. Turn to a medium heat and leave to boil for 20 minutes (DON’T STIR IT AT ALL – this will make it goopey).
- In the meantime chop the onion into big chunks and finely chop the garlic. Put the ingredients in a frying pan on a high heat with a splash of oil and some water.
- Add the spices to the onions and leave to sweat for 10 minutes.
- While the onions are sweating, chop the rest of the vegetables into big chunks. Add the carrots first as these will take longer to cook, leave for a further five minutes.
- Now add the lentils and the tomatoes, add salt and pepper to season and stir. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of the water from the rice to loosen it a little. Leave to bubble for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the veg and leave for a further 10 minutes.
- By this point the rice should be done, take a few grains out and taste them to check that they’re soft. Then leave the pan to sit off the heat with lid on.
- Give the curry another stir and if you like the consistency of the sauce, take it off the heat. If not, leave it for another 5 minutes.
- Place the rice on two plates, evenly separated, and make a well in each pile. Then scoop the sauce evenly onto each plate.
And there you have it! Lentil Curry!!
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