Finally I have a new dinner to share. It has only taken just about forever as I as I am pretty sure it is the first of 2017. I got some catching up to do! In any case, a little inspiration hit and this very warming, hearty and somewhat exotic curry appeared on the dinner table. I have made lentil curries in the past, or Dal as they are properly named, but this one was by far the best out of my kitchen. I loved the coconut flavour with hint of spice and a little zest from the lime. Overall, great week night dinner.
First of all, I am happy January is over. Done, dusted and not to be seen until next year. I don't normally wish away time, but January really was blah. This year, it has been a cold one and I have spent a great part of it sick. So goodbye January.
Last night at dinner, we were talking about welcoming the new month and being positive. Probably a bit too much for one teen and one pre teen at the dinner table. There was a whole lot of eye rolling and talking about how "cringy" I was being. Good lord, I was only trying to be positive. In any case, I made an overall statement about January being the most depressing month of the year. I don't know where these facts come from, but they are out there in the universe and that makes them real. My 12 year old thought about this and decided that neither month is depressing, it all depends on what is going on in life at that moment. Then carried on to say I shouldn't label months like that because I am setting myself up to always hate January. Mmmm, food for thought. Then I was told that I need to be more positive!!! Isn't that what started this whole conversation anyway, me being positive? Next time at dinner, I am sticking with "How was school?".
Apart from the very awkward conversation that I wish I had never started, we had a delicious dinner. Well, at least two of us did. The younger ones at the table had a different dish because I am that kind of mom. Yes, the one that will put something else on the dinner table if they really dislike or even hate what I am serving up. Okay, the alternative could be a sandwich, but it's an alternative. For us non alternative eaters, we enjoyed this delicious lentil curry.
This dinner all started because I had this bag of yellow lentils in the cupboard for so long now. Every week I look at them and think I am going to make something with them. Growing up they were always used in split pea soup and peas pudding with Sunday dinner. Those are really my only experiences with them. So, although I cook pulses often and really enjoy them, this was a first for yellow lentil in my house.
The verdict was there were no leftovers. This should have served four people really, but in our house it only served the two of us. The two non picky eaters. We served it with Basmati rice, but honestly it isn't necessary as the lentils are quite filling.
Honest to goodness good food and great for any evening in the very positive February.
Yellow Lentil & Shrimp Coconut Creamed Curry
Serves 4 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 1 hour
For the lentils:
1 Cup/215 grams yellow lentils (uncooked)
1 Medium onion, diced small
3 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Inch piece ginger root, peeled and grated
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon hot curry powder
1 Teaspoon ground coriander
1 Teaspoon garam masala
1 Small dried chilli, finely chopped
4 Cups/950 ml Vegetable stock
1 1/4 Cups/300 ml coconut milk
Juice of one lime
Fresh coriander to serve
For the shrimp:
20 Large shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 Garlic clove crushed
1/2 Inch piece ginger root, grated
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Fore the lentils. In a large deep sided skillet add the vegetable oil and onions. Cook over a medium high heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, ground coriander, garam masala and chilli. Stir really well and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the lentils and stir to completely coat with all the spices. Cook for about a minute and add all of the stock and the coconut milk. Stir well, reduce heat to low and cover. Leave to cook for approximately 40 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Stir occasionally while cooking.
For the shrimp. In a medium skillet set over high heat, add the vegetable oil, garlic and ginger. Stir for just a minute and add the the shrimp. Toss the shrimp in the pan to ensure even cooking. Cook until shrimp are completely cooked about 5 minutes. Season with salt and remove from heat.
Add the cooked shrimp to the lentils. Stir well, squeeze over lime juice and top with fresh coriander. Serve over rice if desired.
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