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Lentil and Cauliflower Curry

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Friday night food frenzy!

After the chia seed pudding (another post, another day) we had a tin of coconut milk in need of use. So that says curry to me.

The household chef took the hint.

He used

Sunflower oil
2 Chopped onions (1red, 1white)
Cinnamon stick
Fenugreek seeds 1tsp
3 Cardamom pods (crushed)
Garum masala 2 tsps
Lentils 1 cup
2 large Fresh Tomatoes (chopped)
2 cloves Garlic
4 small Potatoes diced, peeled
1 small cauliflower separated into florets
I dried red Chilli
I onion stock cube in about 250ml hot water

He fried the dried spices in the oil adding a splash of water to prevent burning. Then added the onion and sautéed it until soft.

Introduce the lentils briefly.

Then he added the tomatoes and coconut to create a more liquid base. This was increased with the stock.

The potatoes need to cook in the liquid. After a few minutes add the cauliflower so it will steam slightly while utilising the heat of the liquid too.

After a few minutes simmering, he remembers he forgot to add the garlic so in it goes. And the chilli also joined the party near the end.

We ate it with gluten free popadoms. The second day it will be even tastier!

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41 comments on “Lentil and Cauliflower Curry

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    May 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    awesome post Liz thank you for sharing

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  2. jannersmugs
    May 23, 2014

    Looks good. Love the world of Indian cooking, we did a cabbage dish which smelled like grilled bacon as it cooked…didn’t taste like it, but really confused the senses!
    Second day curry….with you on that one Liz.

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  3. jannersmugs
    May 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Janners Mugs Customised Mugs Specialist and commented:
    Fancy some food?

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    • jannersmugs
      May 23, 2014

      I need to find out how this works…It says I was successful…but it appears not!

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        That’s strange. Sometimes it asks me before others can reblog. I’ll check.

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    • lizard100
      May 23, 2014

      Looks authorised this end.

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  4. andy1076
    May 23, 2014

    Cinnamon… interesting! will give it a shot, Thank you 🙂 🙂

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    • silverbells2012
      May 23, 2014

      I think cinnamon might be one of the ingrdients in the mixed spice garamasala.

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        It may be. I didn’t check.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        I know in India some curries have a cinnamon stick added to them. I have used garamasala for years but I seem to remember the taste is a bit cinnamony.

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  5. adanelz6
    May 23, 2014

    Yum two of my favorite foods!

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  6. silverbells2012
    May 23, 2014

    I love curry – my ex-husband is from Pakistan, so I learned from him. Now, I’ve worked out how to do them in the slow cooker as well 🙂

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    • lizard100
      May 23, 2014

      That’s a good idea. Do share your top tips for the pressure cooker please.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        Oh, a slow cooker is different from a pressure cooker – pretty much the opposite of each other – and running one is very cheap (ie very little electricity is needed).

        I generally make Kashmiri curries, which don’t have coconut milk. They are really easy. My favourite is cauliflower with potatoes but I think with lentils would be great too. Made one with lentils and chard the other day 🙂

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        Don’t know why I wrote pressure. Think my brain was in autopilot. Do you start with all the ingredients raw? Or start off with a normal cooking process and then let it work overnight?

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        I’ve got two slow cookers – one is much faster than the other so with the faster one I only ever use it during the day, otherwise stuff would burn overnight.

        Anyway, whatever the timings, here is the process:

        1. Put oil in the cooker and soft the onions.
        2. Add the spices to cook for a while.
        3. Add tomatoes and fresh chillies + green pepper (the chilli and green peppers only when seasonally available).
        4. When these have all cooked a while add beans and water and any veg.

        If I’m not using beans, I don’t add much water, if any. Maybe just some more oil.

        Then I leave the while to cook for as long as it needs.

        Do you have a slow cooker?

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        We borrows one a while ago. I like the sound of this. Might give it a try. Thank you very much : )

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        I think slow cookers are great in so many ways. I have even worked out how to do jacket and roast potatoes in mine now 🙂

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        I cook potatoes in my bread oven. It’s such a small oven. It’s more efficient.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        Sounds good. I’ve got a breadmaker – if I took the blade out, I guess I could cook all sorts in that too…. That’s got me thinking now lol.

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        I make cake with mine too. Carrot cake and beetroot and chocolate work really well. Mine has a bake setting when it doesn’t do any mixing. It just bakes.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 24, 2014

        I have a bake setting but there might be things that would be better mixed before going in the machine, so your machine sounds great!

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      • lizard100
        May 24, 2014

        The mixing process is good. I think it’s Ina cake setting.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 24, 2014

        Ina?

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      • lizard100
        May 24, 2014

        On a ? Has a ? Was a ?

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      • silverbells2012
        May 25, 2014

        You wrote ‘Ina’ in your last reply and I wondered what that referred to.

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      • lizard100
        May 25, 2014

        I tried to work out what I meant. Autocorrect is funny!

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      • silverbells2012
        May 25, 2014

        Yes lol! No worries…

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        Hope you enjoy both the process and the product, anyway 🙂

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      • lizard100
        May 23, 2014

        I must try it. Your instructions are very straightforward.

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      • silverbells2012
        May 23, 2014

        Thank you. It’s just a matter of knowing your cooker for timings.

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  7. lizard100
    May 23, 2014

    The stick wasn’t too cinnamony!

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  9. Rambling Woods
    May 24, 2014

    Oh my English white bread, no spice stomach wouldn’t like it… I miss out on a lot of good food

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    • lizard100
      May 24, 2014

      It might be the white bread that disagrees and not the spice….

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  10. Christine Lucas
    May 25, 2014

    Sounds nice 🙂

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