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Fidel Castro - alternative version of Hester's Dal

This is a scrummy indian-style dish with hardly any ingredients. Proof that meat free food can be rather good sometimes.

Serve with whatever other curries / rice / bread you are cooking.

What to do with them
  • 1 mug channa dal yellow split lentils
  • 2.5 mugs of water
  • 1 heaped tsp turmeric
  • 1 heaped tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (I use "extra hot" chilli powder)
  • 1/2" slice from a block of butter (Anchor butter is good because it has extra salt)
  • Put them all in a pressure cooker, bring up to pressure and cook on low heat for 18 minutes
  • release pressure and taste the lentils - if hard, pressure cook them for a few minutes longer
  • when cooked, if there is too much liquid, simmer gently to reduce - stir every so often so they dont stick on the bottom. Lentils should be soft but not completely dissolved
  • it is important not to forget the butter!
  • if you don't have a pressure cooker you could increase the water to 4 mugs and simmer until soft (I haven't tried this!) .
  • 1/2 onion
  • another 1/2" slice off a block of butter (more to taste)
  • While the lentils are cooking, slice the onion very finely and saute gently in the butter (don't brown them yet)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • slice finely and add to the onions
  • 3 fresh green chiillies, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, quarterered
  • When the lentils are ready, add
    - the chillies
    - the tomatoes
    and cook a few minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
  • immediately before serving, turn up the heat under the onions and cook until they are medium brown but not black/burnt; the onions will likely be a variety of colours
  • stir the mixture into the lentils and serve immediately
  • 1 tblsp fresh coriander
  • 3 chopped birdseye chillies
  • Sprinkle on the fresh coriander and chillies and serve.

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