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a great lentil recipe, to accompany curries, a wonderful blend of spices that is a great addition as a side dish to any indian curry. made by memory after having watched the cook make this many times when i was a child. serves 4-6


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  1. Wash lentils and pick out all the brown bits
  2. Wash
  3. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with water 3-4 inches above lentils
  4. Simmer for 45 minutes
  5. Skimming the foam off the top of the water occasionally
  6. Top up with extra water
  7. If necessary
  8. Strain lentils
  9. Retaining the liquid
  10. Blend lentils with some of the liquid in blender until smooth
  11. Add more water if necessary--blend should be like a thick paste
  12. Put to one side
  13. Place oil in medium saucepan
  14. Add the mustard seeds and cook stirring until the seeds start to pop
  15. Immediately add the onions and garlic
  16. Cook
  17. Stirring until onions are soft
  18. Add all the spices
  19. Stir and cook for another minute or two
  20. Add the pureed lentils and stir well until fully mixed
  21. This freezes extremely well
  22. Serve with curry and rice as an accompaniment

Step 18

Total Time in Minute 95

Ingredients Count 10

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