This is a full-flavoured, stand-alone dish that could be served with sides (rice, naan bread, chutney...) but doesn't need to be. It has lots of vegetables, a decent dose of various spices, and just a hint of creamy flavour. To achieve this, I used the half tin of coconut liquid as well as a dessertspoon of actual coconut cream. Given I don't like creamy curries, this gave a perfect result for me. Mr Bite also liked the dish, and as he isn't a huge lentil fan, I take that as a sign of success.
I had intended to use fresh ginger in this, but when it came to it my 'fresh' ginger was looking far from fresh and had to be binned (I'm not averse to cutting off a mouldy edge of ginger, but my piece was beyond saving!). I used dried ginger instead, which worked fine, but feel free to revert to the fresh option if you have it to hand.
Slightly creamy lentil potato curry
Allow time to pre-soak your lentils if cooking from scratch
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
1 cup brown or red lentils, soaked in water for at least 4 hours, OR 1 tin of lentils
2 large, 3-4 medium or 8-10 baby potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 large brown onion, chopped
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp dried ground ginger
1 tsp dried ground paprika
1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
1 tsp dried ground coriander
2 carrots, chopped
1 tin (375g) diced tomatoes
Liquid half of a tin of coconut cream (or use coconut water) plus 1 dessertspoon solid coconut cream
1 tsp lemon juice
1 - 2 cups spinach leaves
If using dry lentils, drain and rinse before cooking in simmering water for 20 or so minutes, until just tender. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, bring water to simmering point and add your potato pieces. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until just tender. Set aside.
In a large non-stick pan, heat the oil and saute your onion on medium-high until starting to brown, 3 - 5 minutes. Add the spices (garam masala, ginger, paprika, chilli, coriander) and reduce heat to low-medium. Cook the onion for a further 5 or so minutes.
Add the carrot, tomatoes, coconut liquid, coconut cream and lemon juice to the pan. Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, then add the cooked lentils and potatoes and cook over low heat for a further 20 or so minutes. Add the spinach leaves at the end and cook until just wilted down.
Serve plain, or with rice, naan bread and/or chutney if desired.
What is your favourite way to use coconut cream / liquid?