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Curried Chicken and Lentil Salad


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Ingredients

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Curry Powder

  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric, ground
  • 1/2 tsp chilli, ground, (or to your taste)
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • pinch salt

Minted Yoghurt Dressing

  • handful fresh mint leaves
  • 120 g Greek yoghurt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Salad

  • 2 - 3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 150 g French lentils
  • 1.1 l Boiling water
  • 150 g snow peas
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), to taste
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 120 g rocket leaves
  • 250 g mini Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 batch of Minted Yoghurt Dressing
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Recipe's preparation

    Curry Powder
  1. Place fennel, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and garlic into TM bowl and dry roast for 15 mins/Varoma/speed 2.

    Add tumeric, chilli, nutmeg and salt and mill 1 minute/speed 10.

  2. Minted Yoghurt Dressing
  3. Place mint into mixing bowl and chop for 3 - 4 secs/speed 7.

    Add remaining ingredients and mix 5 secs/speed 6.

  4. Salad
  5. Place chicken into a bowl and tip curry powder on top. Toss through until chicken is thoroughly coated. Place chicken into Varoma dish and set aside.

    Do not clean TM bowl.

  6. Place rinsed lentils into basket and insert into mixing bowl. Add water and set Varoma into position. Cook for 20 mins/Varoma/speed 2. Stir chicken.

    Place snow peas onto Varoma tray and insert into Varoma. Steam for a further 5 minutes/Varoma /speed 2.

  7. Set chicken and snow peas aside and place drained lentils into separate bowl. Drizzle lentils with EVOO, lemon juice and add salt to taste. Allow to cool slightly.

    Assemble salad by placing rocket around the edges of a large salad platter. Arrange tomatoes, cucumber and pear on top of rocket.

    Add cooled chicken to lentils and toss together. Pile into centre of platter and drizzle entire salad with dressing prepared earlier.

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Tip

In summer, pear could be substituted for a stone fruit such as nectarine for an added summer flavour.

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  • Very yummy and amazingly

    Submitted by rhyme on 13. February 2014 - 16:11.

    Very yummy and amazingly quick for a sophisticated and healthy result. Just the sort of recipe to renew my enthusiasm for my Thermomix!

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  • Our family very much enjoyed

    Submitted by timandjacqui on 15. December 2012 - 09:12.

    :) Our family very much enjoyed this meal. The veggie shop was out of snow peas so I used green beans, i forgot to put in the pear (don't you hate it when that happens!). I added a little bit of milk to the yoghurt dressing to make it slightly runnier. I was hoping for leftovers but there were none. The last person commented that her stirring spoon had the tumeric tinge -  the silicon seal in my thermomix bowl lid now has a yellow glow!

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  • I made this for dinner

    Submitted by monicamw on 26. November 2012 - 19:22.

    :~ I made this for dinner tonight: it was enjoyed more than I thought it would by the kids!  The recipe was difficult to follow, so I changed things around (eg milled, then dry roasted; didn't clean the bowl at that stage then made the dressing). Was tasty for a first time; next time might add some fresh coriander, & bit more chilli/salt (it just seemed to have 'something' missing, but nothing essential).  Others beware - my stirring spoon now has that tumeric tinge! :~

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