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Spiced Red Lentils with Cucumber Yoghurt (Healthier version)



4 portion(s)

Cucumber Yoghurt

  • 75 g cucumber
  • 150 g Low fat Greek style yoghurt

Spiced Red Lentils

  • 200 g red lentils
  • 350 g water
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 small onion
  • 50 g peeled ginger root
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, peeled
  • 1 mild fresh green chilli
  • 1 1/2 tsp black or bown mustard seeds
  • 50 g canola oil or other veg oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • 1 400g tin tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • pinch asafoetida, (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • parsley or extra fresh coriander to serve

Recipe's preparation

    Cucumber Yoghurt
  1. Place cucumber in TM bowl and chop for 1-2 seconds on speed 5 or until finely chopped. Stir into yoghurt in a small bowl.

  2. Spiced Red Lentils
  3. Place lentils in a sieve and wash under plenty of running cold water (you can use the simmering basket as a sieve, but lentils will stick in the cracks). Weigh the 350g water into Thermoserver or bowl and soak lentils in the water for 30 minutes.

  4. Cut the coriander bunch somewhere around the centre to get a leafy top half and a stalk and root half. Place leafy half in TM bowl and chop for 2 seconds on speed 6. Set aside.

  5. Place mustard seeds in TM bowl and dry roast at Varoma temperature or for 6 minutes. Add coriander stalk ends, onion, ginger, garlic and chilli and chop for 2-3 seconds on speed 6. Ensure that the mixture is roughly chopped rather than a paste.

  6. Add canola oil and sauté for about 5 minutes at 100˚C on Counter-clockwise operation + speed 2. Add ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika and curry leaves and sauté for a further 5 minutes at 100˚C on Counter-clockwise operation + speed 2.

  7. Add the lentils and their soaking water, the tomatoes, fenugreek and asafoetida (if using) and salt to taste (if desired). Simmer for about 30 minutes at 100˚C on Counter-clockwise operation + speed 1, or until the lentils are fully cooked. If using whole tinned tomatoes, you may need to break them up with the spatula during cooking.

  8. Place lime juice and chopped coriander leaves in a Thermoserver or large bowl and pour lentil mixture over the top. Mix through with spatula. Divide among serving bowls, spoon cucumber yoghurt on top and garnish with extra coriander leaves. Serve with rice and salad leaves.


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The ingredients list for this recipe can seem a little daunting, but provided you maintain a well-stocked pantry with staples and spices you'll find that you just need to pick up a few fresh ingredients on the way home. If you don't have the spices and are on a tight budget, you could replace the spices with a good quality curry powder in a pinch. It won't taste the same, but will still taste good.

Original recipe from ‘Plenty’ by Yotam Ottolenghi.

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  • Amazing recipe I didn't have fenugreek so I just...

    Submitted by Ievans on 9. February 2017 - 20:45.

    Amazing recipe I didn't have fenugreek so I just used 1.5 tsp fennel

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  • just fyi this is worse for

    Submitted by trinja on 19. July 2014 - 20:44.

    just fyi this is worse for you than the other recipe--low fat yoghurt and canola oil are very unhealthy. 



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