Culinary Sunshine on a Bleak Winters Day

The weather here has been a little chilly and on a grey overcast day its good to come home to some delicious, warming comfort food. I love Indian food but to do it justice you really need time to allow the flavours to develop properly.

Fortunately I have the perfect quick and easy cheats recipe for Dahl. Apologies at this point for those who dislike short cuts – best look away now. Beautiful aromatic Dahl is like a little burst of sunshine with its warmth and soft yellow colour. While we are on the subject of aroma please be aware that the smell is quite pervasive and will linger faintly for days afterwards. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Cheats Dahl

1 cup of red lentils in one litre chicken stock (you can use water) and bring to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer. In a frying pan gently fry one diced onion in some olive oil. Add 1 clove of finely chopped garlic and freshly grated ginger to taste. Cook until soft and golden. Add 1 tablespoon curry paste and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add onion mix to lentils and stock and simmer until thick and all the water has been absorbed. Eat and enjoy!

About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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