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What you need
2 tablespoons oil
1 brown onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 cup split red lentils
1 litre vegetable stock (hot)
1 tin brown lentils (drained well)
2 tablespoons tamari (or more to taste)
1 tin tomatoes
1 tin coconut milk
Bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
What to do
In a large saucepan, heat the oil, then add the onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, fragrant and golden – about 8 – 10 minutes.
Add the remaining spices and stir for 1 – 2 minutes.
Sprinkle in the split red lentils and half the stock. Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the brown lentils, tamari, tomatoes and coconut milk. Bring to a boil then simmer, uncovered until the lentils are soft (around 25 minutes).
When cooked, remove from the heat and add ¾ of the chopped coriander.
Garnish with the remaining chopped coriander and serve on boiled or coconut rice, or with a roti.
This dish is a delicious alternative to meat, and is gluten free and vegan friendly. If you can resist and wait for the flavours to bloom, it’s exquisite the following day.