Introduction

I accumulated too many carrots again! I don’t know how or why this happens ever so often lol. So, I had a look and I found this very simple but intriguing recipe from Riverford. I changed a couple of things but is mostly the same recipe (see references). It is by far the best carrot recipe you will ever try!

Materials

For the carrots
  • 1kg of carrots, cut in 3cm diagonals
  • 1x onion, chopped in wedges
  • 1x tablespoon of garam masala
  • 2x tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt
For the lentils
  • 250g red split lentils
  • 1x onion, roughly chopped
  • 3x garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1x teaspoon of black mustard seeds
  • ½-1 red chilli, thinly chopped
  • 2x tablespoons of medium curry powder
  • 1x tin of coconut milk (400g)
  • 1x tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 150ml of water
  • 25g of coriander
  • Lemon juice to serve (didn’t make it in the ingredient picture below but super important!)
  • 2x tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt

Method

Preheat the oven at 200oC/fan. Put the carrots and onion wedges in a baking tray with the olive oil, salt and garam masala. Rub everything for even coating and roast for 40min (cover with foil after around 30min).

In the meantime, heat 2x tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pot and cook the onion for 8min in a medium-low heat  (6 out of 9). Add the garlic and chilli and mustard seeds and fry for another minute until the seeds pop. Then add the curry powder and fry for an additional minute. Finally, add the lentils, the coconut milk, the chopped tomatoes and the water. Season and cook for 25min in medium-low heat (6 out of 9) until the lentils are cooked. By the end of the cooking time you should have a thick porridge-like consistency.

Stir frequently to prevent the lentils sticking on the bottom of the pot.

At the end of the cooking time, add most of the coriander (keep some aside) in the lentils and mix. Serve a scoop of lentils topped with some roasted masala carrots and onions. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and sprinkle the rest of the coriander and serve!

Discussion-Conclusion

Ok masala carrots are the best! So sweet! Never thought you can elevate such humble ingredients to something so warm it touches your inner soul lol ok I’m exaggerating a bit but it is so comforting and so unexpectedly delicious that you really won’t believe it! Surely everyone has some lentils somewhere in the cupboard and maybe some carrots lying around. It is super easy and quick! The tricky bit is that you have to be careful and stir the lentils frequently so they won’t stick at the bottom of the pot. Other than that, super straight forward! ahhhhh please please please DO NOT forget to squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice at the end! Super important, it definitely elevates the whole dish with its freshness! Give it a go!

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