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Sunday, January 24, 2010

A LENTIL CURRY /SIDE WITH LOADS OF GREEN-SPINACH&feNUGREEK



Taste and create....does that fire ur imagination?????



Well it certainly fired mine and ofcourse it revolved around food....


Yeah the whole show,a beautiful food show right up in all our kitchen every month is run by the lovely NICOLe of LOVE OF FOOD and hosted at TASTE & CREATE.


I am and would love to be a part of this wonderful monthly fun where all who register(by 8th folks) are paired up and u cook something delicious from ur partners blog as so does ur partner from urs....


How cool is that......


And cooler still were the yummiest veggie fare at my partner blog this month ie THE FANTASTIC SINGING CHEF AT WORK....THE VERY LOVELY RAAGA...







Boy she has so muc of fantastic recipes ,very nutricious too and so easy to put by and elcious ways to get ur daily quota of veggies...i had initially planned to have atleast 7 of her recipes but not possible this time round....oh yeah i fix dinner almost every day....but my camera goes into the kitchen with loads of caution and care(remember it aint even a month old),oh the laptops a frequent visitor all right.....


Oh i love photo graphy but my styling takes me bit coz aint no expert and am yet a little clueless about a few functions too...


And i do take time to photo graph and its dinner time even before i know it or lunch for that matter but i intend to not only cook up but also post a couple of her recipes-they are simply fantastic...


Thats probably the reason why our grilled fish dinners(yeah its been a lot of seafood of late)and tandoori grilled fish dinners with curd salads and afew other salads didn find their way up here.....


Well my time for excuses galore is up now but in defense they arent excuses dear...cant i share my life with my sweet happy pals ,and in an absolutely cheerful state of mind ,body and soul ,mind u........


So the first recipe i chose is -A FANTASTIC COMBO(OH The lovely RAAgA has loads of 'em)of LEntils with spinach and fenugreek leaves....delicious combi that we do have every so often at home but this was a little different in preparation but in flavour....well finger licking good and lentils usually has leftovers but this one didnt and i see myself making this ever so often again....


All her spinach recipes are fantastic and have to make 'em all truly......She's got the most amazing collection of really excellent veggie recipe and honestly i simply wanna try 'em all.......


Tweaked it a wee bit in the sense doubled the greens in the recipe so had to up the seasoning quotient a wee bit ,but not the chilly part though i did add a whole (not very spicy but flavourful)chilly.

ADAPTED FROM THE SINGING CHEF AT WORK


1)Soak 1/2 CUP ORANGE LENTILS(MASOOR DAL) & 1 TBH EACH OF YELLOW SMALL(moong dal)& YELLOW BIG (chana dal-aint sure about the names though) LENTILS the previous evening,changing the water ,when required(when that foam kinda arises)

Pressure cook the next morning ,after washing well,in 1.5 CUPS WATER.




2)HEat 1 tsp olive oil in a pan.


3)ADD THE FOLLOWING IN THIS ORDER, BROWNING EACH FOR A FEW SECONDS TO RELEASE FLAVOURS....

1.5 TSP CUMIN SEEDS
2 TSP ASAFOETIDA

when this releases a fantastic aroma...the next ingrdients now-

LOADS OF FRESH GARLIC CRUSHED(or garlic paste as per taste)
SOME FRESH GINGER CRUSHED
SMAIL PIECE OF GREEN CHILLY(i always use a wee bit of the tail for a little bite w/o upping the pungency)


u'll already begin to very much enjoy the fantastic aromas here...


2 ONIONS FINELY CHOPPED(meduim)
1 TSP TURMERIC
A WHOLE RED CHILLY DE-SEEDED OR THE MILDER VARIETY
SALT TO TASTE & A LITTLE(BIG REALLY)PINCH OF BROWN SUGAR....



4) fRY WELL FOR A MIN OR 2 AND TIP IN ONE CUP EACH OF SPINACH AND FENUGREEK LEAVES,CHOPPED.


5)cOOK A MIN OR 2 AND ADD THE COOKED LENTILS WITH THE SOME WATER IF REQUIRED(lentils really thicken as they cool)


BRING TO A QUICK BOIL AND SIMMER A FEW MINS TILL DONE....


fANTASTIC EITHER WITH STEAMED BASMATI RICE OR ROTIS....
You wanna have a peekabo of all the delicious then stop by right HERE

Am also linking this lovely lentil with greens to the lovely Chaya's blog,sweet and savoury for MEATLESS MONDAYS....if u have a recipe do link up to so we can have a delicious potluck of veggie delights........

33 comments:

  1. YUM. I love ANYthing with curry in it! And thanks for stopping by!

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  2. caNT FIGURE WHY MY PICS ARE ELONGATED-except the first one-TRYING TO FIX IT....
    Havent been able to sign in to taste and create yet so havent yet submitted there but do hope to in a bit -am jus darting another email to NIcole.

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  3. Delicious lentil curry! My daughter (20) would absolutely love it - lentils are her favourite.

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  4. on a envi d'y gouter rapidement, ça parait délicieux
    bonne soirée

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  5. that looks extremely spicy and that is the way i like it:)

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  6. I'd love a bowl of that now! What a comforting dish!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. yummm.... Looks so delicious! I could finish off that bowl right away:)

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  8. Oh NAtashya,how sweet ...happy to meet ur 20 year old daughter.....

    Hi chocolate cup,it aint all that spicy but u can add chilly powder yeah to up the spiciness of the lovely lentils.

    YEah ROSA,this is truly warmong and comforting.

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  9. Thanx Rachana,actually i myself feel like dunking into a bowl but have none right now.

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  10. My family LOVES!!! spicy and this is a AWESOME!!! recipe they will LOVE!!! Can't wait to make it for them.
    Geri

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  11. Oh Geri,hope u guys love it-its really really good and healthy too!!!!!

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  12. oh wow, love the photos! The dish looks so warm, spicy and deliciously comforting meal in itself! and I so know what you mean by food staging taking a long time, many times when I prepare a dish I make extra and leave some out for photo and then husband and I start eating the rest. see, with a full tummy I can devote as much time as i want to photo and no nagging behind of 'i am hungry, how long will this take' :) nice post!

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  13. This looks really delicious - it would be perfect right now on this cold & rainy day.

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  14. I love lentil curry and yours sounds simply delicious.

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  15. I've never tried any curry with lentil. I bet it's really good! What a great recipe!

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  16. nice... your pictures are better than mine. :) Did you check out my blog?

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  17. Wonderful photos, as always, and spices I've never encountered. I love reading your recipes because I learn something new. Way to go, my lovely.

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  18. That curry looks like it is alive. That is how good your photo is.

    I have never had anything like this and now you have me interested.

    You have so much that is great here. I love visiting.

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  19. Wow I LOVE spinach. I am definitely going to have to check out her site.

    Your photos look awesome! You could entice anyone with them, even a non-veggie lover like myself!

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  20. Cant tell you how good that looks to me. I am a big fan of spinach! mmmm. and lentils. and winnie the pooh. there is love all over this blog.

    lovely!!!

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  21. Ha ha,PJ,yeah i do that but doesnt work with grilled dinners too much..thanx a ton sweety...

    Yeah Pam,it is really delicious too....

    Thanx so much MARY and SOOK....

    YEah RAAGA ofcourse have been hopping by ur blog and ur pasta looks fantastic and ur recipes are high on flav and thats what really matters...

    Oh ARLENE,i so love reading ur tipss u add on all my posts too and oh boy ur recipes rock....

    CHAYA u must try this indian curry,i jus know u'll love it and its healthy too!!!

    HA ha ,JOANNE,believe me im a total non veggie myself but spinach is a total delightfull green for me and am going to have loads of it rite here....u'll love her site ...

    Oh DIVA,im a biggie winne de pooh fan and am so glad u noticed the cute little guy there...and he sends u a big hi....frens forever hi....

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  22. Mia linda, é sempre encantador vir até o teu blog: tem receitas maravilhosas e originais! Adoro, e as fotografias como sempre, belíssimas!
    beijinho grande minha amiga.

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  23. I love lentils and this sounds delicious! I will definately try making this!

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  24. Love love love that you used Fenugreek in this! MMM!

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  25. Looks yummy and different.... I love spinach so I will have to give it a try.

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  26. Truely a healthy delicious meal! Perfect for this after festive season treat... since everyone is on diet! haha...

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  27. Lovely color with palak and lentis..would be so good with rotis or even jeera rice..Yum.

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  28. Oh queridinha Isabel,mia muito cutie amiginha,eu adora a tua palavres...obrigado e bjs grandos muitinhos e abracos de winnie de poohhhhh

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  29. Thanx CaTHERINE<its truly delicious and hope u try it sometimes.

    Thanx CHEF AIMEE,am so so so glad u like it...

    Thanx TOGETHER WE SAVE,do give it a try,its really good.

    HA HA ha,MY LITTLE SPAce,evryone but me on a diet ...hehehehe,but yeah r our mostly grilled seafood dinners are quite high on the health quotient with the salad et all.

    Oh RUCHIKA,yeah i so agree with u,am jus hopping by to ur space too.

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  30. I would like to try this as I often cook with lentils!

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  31. Yipppeeeeeeeeeeee amnaged to do the pics,changed the browser and the click and drag works now though i never used it all this while...

    YEah TASTE OF BEIRUT,u should try this.

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  32. Oh Boy....that dish looks out of this world...you've done a great job..awesome clicks...one of my favorite dish..love the fenugreek in any dish..

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