Mild lentil curry
Added by stevecoley | Wed 30 Sep 2009 @ 20:44
I\'ve often thought how much of a nightmare it would be to bring up a kid who was a really fussy eater. Luckily for us, Sawyer pretty much eats anything we throw at him. He does occasionally throw a large amount of it back towards us when he\'s in a mood, but that\'s another story. Another bonus, as we eat so much of it, is Sawyer\'s complete love of curry; he really can\'t get enough of it. We can practically put anything into it and the little man will happily plough his way through it. Unless we hear these dreaded words and then we know it\'s all over... \'bit picey daddy.\'
So here\'s a Sawyer friendly, non spicy recipe for a mild lentil curry that serves about 2 people. If you haven\'t got any Ajwain then please hunt some down, as it has so many medicinal properties and is amazing to use...
Carrots - 2 diced pretty small
Onion - 1 big one diced pretty small
Garlic - 1 cloves chopped
Green pepper - 1 finely chopped
Red lentils - 100 grams
Tomatoes - 2 chopped
Peas - 2 handfuls (frozen peas are fine)
Creamed coconut - About an inch thick block
Sultanas - 2 handfuls
Tumeric - 1 teaspoon
Ajwain - 2 teaspoons
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Chili powder - ¼ teaspoon
Water - About 300 ml
Natural yoghurt or Créme Fraîche - 2 teaspoons
Pop some olive oil into a deep pan and fry off the onions, carrots & garlic for about 5 mins. Then throw in the pepper, lentils, tomatoes, peas, ajwain, tumeric, garam masala & chili. Give it good old stir around to mix the spices and continue to cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and then add the coconut, sultanas and water. Bring this to the boil and leave it simmering away for about 10 - 15 mins until the lentils are cooked. You\'ll need to keep giving it a little stir around as the coconut melts and you may need a little more water if the lentils drink it all?
Finally add the yogurt or Créme Fraîche to the curry, strap your hungry little child into his seat and you\'re ready to serve with a little rice & naan bread...