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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

A spiced lentil side dish from Kerala in South India with tamarind, asafoetida, fenugreek and mustard seeds

  • Freezable
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal272
fat7g
saturates1g
carbs37g
sugars5g
fibre4g
protein16g
low insalt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 250g red or yellow lentil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots , finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground asafoetida
  • ½ tsp ground fenugreek
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 7 small dried red chillies
  • 140g green bean , trimmed and cut in half

Method

  • STEP 1

    Place the lentils in a large pan with 400ml water. Add turmeric and tamarind and boil for 25-30 mins until very soft.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallots for 8-10 mins. When softened, add the spices, curry leaves, chillies and a good pinch of salt. Cook for another 2 mins, until fragrant.

  • STEP 3

    Boil another pan of salted water and cook the beans for 4 mins until tender, then drain well.

  • STEP 4

    Once the lentils are cooked, add the shallot spice mix and the beans, stir well and add more seasoning if necessary.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2012

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