Cookbook: Simply Bill
Author: Bill Granger
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 large green chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup red lentils
1 tbsp lime juice
Handful of coriander leaves
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt and cumin and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft. Add the lentils and 750ml of water and cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes, until the lentils have dissolved.
Remove from heat and stir through the lime juice. Top with a handful of coriander leaves and serve with naan bread. Serves 4-6
It's week 2 of the challenge, and as I've always looked at this dhal recipe but have never ever got around to making it, this was the perfect opportunity. It was extremely easy to make and the aroma was heaven. Key tip - don't omit the lime juice as this seemed to be key flavour ingredient, and in fact I felt it needed quite a bit more than the recipe called for (well, for my taste buds anyway), and I felt it needed just a touch more salt (again, for my taste buds). Overall, I'm very happy with it. Especially as I'm sitting here stuffing my face with it as I type...as you can see, it doesn't take much to make me happy!