Sunday, July 3, 2011

Carrot and Red Lentil Dhal

Meat can be so expensive so a good way to save money, and supposedly improve your health, is to eat vegetarian a few times a week. However, when most people hear the word vegetarian they think a plate of boring vegetables and nothing else. Having a vegetarian sister, I know better. Vegetarian food can be extremely tasty and satisfying. If you're still not convinced I suggest trying this recipe. If my carnivore of a boyfriend loves it, it must be special.

I found this recipe in a Healthy Food magazine and it is actually really quick to prepare, you just need to leave an hour or so for it to simmer. It tastes just as good if not better reheated the next day and can easily be frozen. The boyfriend loves it on toast or pita bread for a snack and its really healthy and nutritious as lentils are a form of protein.

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
500g grated carrot
1 litre vegetable stock
1/2 cup red lentils
2 tbsps peanut butter
1 tbsp curry powder
salt and pepper

1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a sauce pan.
2. Add the seeds and gently fry until the seeds start to pop (you will hear them).
3. Add the carrot and stir.
4. Cover the pan and let the carrot sweat over a low heat for 10 minutes.
5. Add the stock and the lentils and let simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Add peanut butter, curry powder and salt and pepper. Simmer until the dhal is a thicky consistency, about 20 more minutes.
7. Serve topped with yoghurt and coriander.

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