Spiced Lentils

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easy
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Preparation:
30 min.
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The red lentils which make up the base of this dish are rich in dietary fiber and protein, while ingredients like onions, garlic and turmeric add a valuable cocktail of vitamins and minerals.

This dish stores well in the refrigerator and leftovers make a great next-day office lunch.

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Ingredients

for
4
Ingredients
1 ½ cups
Red lentils (rinsed)
2
1 teaspoon
1
3 tablespoons
clarified butter (or oil)
1
onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves
garlic (finely chopped)
fresh Ginger root (peeled and grated)
2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon
½ teaspoon
1 teaspoon
lemons (juiced)
1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
chopped Cilantro
papadum (to serve)
Cilantro (to garnish)

Preparation steps

1.
Put the lentils, bay leaves, salt and cinnamon stick in pan with 3 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the lentils are soft. Add more water if needed to prevent the mixture becoming dry. Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick and set aside.
2.
Heat the butter in a pan and gently fry the onion until soft but not brown then add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, garam masala and chile powder. Cook for 2 minutes then stir in the cooked lentils.
3.
Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and gently cook for 5 more minutes, stirring all the time to prevent burning.
4.
Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve garnished with the cilantro leaves and the poppadums alongside.