It’s suddenly got absolutely freezing in London!
I love Autumn so much, but the long nights and dark evenings are pretty miserable compared to the months of glorious sunshine we had in England this summer (I don’t think anyone in the UK has ever experienced a hotter summer!) On the plus side, now November is here we can enjoy orange leaves, big scarves, hot chocolate and lovely warm comfort food.
One of my favourite types of comfort food ever is curry, so I thought I’d make a tasty, yellow dhal this evening to cheer me up in the ice-block that is my bedroom.
This dish is best enjoyed with mugs and mugs of hot chocolate, an enormous ugly jumper and your favourite guilty-pleasure film. Mine is Clueless, obviously.
Hope you enjoy!
One tablespoon of coconut oil
Half an onion, diced
One clove of garlic, crushed
125g of red lentils
200g of chickpeas
200ml of coconut milk
250ml of water
One tablespoon of tikka curry paste
Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
One big handful of spinach
Juice of half a lemon
To serve: Pitta breads and natural soy yoghurt (optional)
- Heat the coconut oil in a large pan, then add the onion and garlic and fry until tender. Add the curry paste and cayenne pepper and sizzle for a further minute.
- Add the red lentils and chickpeas, then add the coconut milk and water and stir.
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it looks a little dry then add some more water in.
- Once the curry is cooked, add the spinach in and stir until wilted, then stir in the lemon juice.
- Serve with toasted pitta breads and a dollop of natural soy yoghurt.