Thursday, May 5, 2011

Chickpea & Lentil Dahl

2 tsp macadamia or peanut oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tsp finely grated ginger
¾ tsp curry powder (more if you like it strong)
400g can diced tomatoes
400g can lentils, rinsed, drained
400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
250ml can coconut milk

1) Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. 
2)  Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic.
3)  Add the tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and coconut milk and stir to combine. 
4)  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. 
5)  Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
6)  Serve immediately with yoghurt, cucumber and pappadums, if desired
7)  Eat & Enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lentil, Barley & Mushroom Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium leeks, trimmed, halved, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
250g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 x 410g cans chopped tomatos
1/2 cup dry red lentils, cooked and rinsed
1/3 cup pearl barley
5 cups cold water
Basil, salt  & pepper to taste

1)  Heat Oil in large pan over medium heat. Add leek, mushrooms and garlic,
2)  Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened
3)  Add remaining ingredients and bring back to the boil
4)  Reduce heat and simmer for approx 4 minutes or until barley is tender
5)  Serve with fresh parsley
6)  Eat & Enjoy!

Serves 4

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

1 medium butternut pumpkin, chopped
3-4 small-medium potatos, chopped
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
salt & cracked balck pepper
3 cups vegetable stock
2/3 cup full cream
pinch chilli powder (to taste)

1)  Place pumpkin, potato, curry powder and vegetable stock in a large slow cooker. Season with salt & pepper.
2)  Cook for several hours until the vegetables are tender
3)  Turn off heat and allow to cool
4)  Using a food processor or stick blender, process until smooth
5)  Stir through cream and hilli powder
6)  Warm soup again and serve
7)  Eat & Enjoy!