Recipe for Red Lentils with traditional Indian spices and coconut milk

1 cup red lentils
4 tsp vegetable stock granules
1 1/2 cups boiling water (to dissolve veg stock)
1 tsp turmeric
2 small onions – peel and chop finely
2 cloves garlic – crush, peel and chop finely
1 fresh chilli – de-seed and chop finely
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tomatoes
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup basmati rice
60g butter (from your pantry)
salt and pepper (from your pantry)

How to
Put the vegetable stock granules and the turmeric in a mug and pour in the boiling water. Stir.

Put tomatoes in a bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for a few minutes. Then drain and add cold water. Leave to cool and then peel the skin away. Quarter the tomatoes, scrape away the seeds and roughly chop the flesh.

Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the rice and boil gently for 15 minutes. Once cooked, drain and keep warm in a colander over a saucepan of hot water.

Place a saucepan on medium to high heat. Pour in the vegetable stock mixture and add the lentils. Bring to the boil, then simmer, covered, until the lentils are almost – but not quite – cooked. This should take about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, and then add the garlic, chilli, cumin and coriander and stir for a minute or two. Add this spice mixture to the lentils along with the tomato. Let it simmer on low heat until the lentils are soft – about 5 minutes. Taste to check seasoning. Add coconut milk and stir well until heated through.

To serve, divide the rice between the bowls and then spoon the lentil curry on top.

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