Monday, April 11, 2016

Cauliflower and Yellow Lentils

Dear Reader,

Here is another delicious way to incorporate more lentils into your diet. I eat lentils at least twice a week because they are a beautiful vegetarian source of protein, and because they are so delicious. More than that, they are easy to make and you just need one pot to make them. No sautéing needed here! Just throw everything into the pot and watch it become a decadent and comforting supper. You can serve this with bread, rice, roti, and even couscous (not pasta). Here is what you need:

Cauliflower and Yellow Lentils (Serves 2)




Ingredients:

170g Yellow Lentils (85 per person)
30g oil (15g per person or per serving)
100g tomatoes (blended into a purée)
25g Green Onions
175g Cauliflower (chopped into small pieces)
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
0.5 tsp Dania (Coriander) Powder
0.25 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Garlic (fresh or powder)
0.25 tsp (or a bit less) Ginger (fresh or powder)
1 tbsp of fresh Coriander (finely chopped)

Directions:

Rinse lentils under cold or warm water until most of the milkiness is gone. Boil lentils in 800ml of water until soft but whole under a very high heat. A foam always forms while boiling lentils due to the starch and impurities. Remove foam with a spoon while the lentils are boiling. You will do that about 4 times until the lentils are cooked. When cooked, the lentils' water should have evaporated to half the amount and the liquid should have thickened and become yellow.

Add Cauliflower to the lentils mix and let the cauliflower boil with the lentils for about 3 to 4 minutes. More foam should form. Remove with a spoon. Then add the green onions, tomatoes and stir. You should notice that there is foam after adding the tomatoes. Do not get rid of it pink or red foam. It will disappear.

Add all the spices an add oil and let it boil on some more for about 10 more minutes. You will know when it is ready to eat when the foam has disappeared because it would have become emulsified by/with the oil. Add the coriander and mix in just before serving.

This is so yummy!

It may take a bit of time to get the lentils boiled and soft (about 1 hour) depending on how powerful your stove is, but once the lentils are cooked, it is easy sailing from there!

Enjoy,

Tanya



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