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Rice with tomatoes and spinach

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I really enjoy the simplicity of this dish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients

  • 1 Bag baby spinach
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 red onion finely sliced
  • 2 Red chillies finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 31/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Method

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWash rice several times until water runs clear, then drain. Heat oil in a deep saucepan.  Add onions and cook for 6 minutes or until golden brown and slight caramelised. Add chillies, cumin and turmeric and cook for a further minute.  Add rice and stir for another minute.  Add tomatoes, spinach, and butter,season to taste.  Add stock, give it a stir and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and cook for 20 mins or until rice is cooked. Garnish with toasted pine nuts. I served this with a cucumber raita.

Dhal

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Dhal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/3 cup yellow split lentils
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 small carrotDhal
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tomato
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 4-5 cups waterDSCN6129
  • I even tsp turmeric
  • 6 curry leaves

Method

Rinse lentils well.  Place in a deep saucepan with 4 cups of water, salt and turmeric and bring to a boil.
NB: a foamy substance will form on the top – remove and discard.
Add chillies garlic and tomato.  Lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for 20 mins or until lentil are cooked through. You may have to top it up with another cup of water.
Add lemon juice and tempered spices.  Remove from heat and add chopped coriander. Serve with rice.

Variation: You can add a generous bunch of baby spinach to the dhal.

Tempering Spices.
In a small frying pan heat ghee and add mustard seeds, once the mustard seeds start to pop add cumin, onions. Sauté onions till they are soft, add curry leaves and ginger, cook for 1/2 minute.