September 29, 2006

Egg and Lentil Curry

This month's Weekend Cooking Challenge is to use an ingredient from your country. The ingredient I chose is "Lentils". Lentils are the quintessential comfort food in India. They are a great source of protein; contain cholesterol lowering soluble fiber and lots of iron. Lentils are typically served at almost every meal with rice or bread.
This Egg-lentil recipe is from my 'Vegetarian' cookbook edited by Valerie Ferguson. The unusual combination of lentils and eggs really makes this dish a keeper.

Ingredients:
Red Lentils (Sabut Masoor dal) - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 6, boiled
Cloves - 3
Black peppercorns - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
Garlic cloves - 2, crushed
Ginger - 1" piece
Curry paste - 2 tbsp
Chopped tomatoes - 14 oz. can
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Stock - 3 cups
Water - 3/4 cup

Method:
  • Put the lentils in a large, heavy pan and add the stock. Bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Drain and set aside. I usually cook my lentils in the pressure cooker for about 4 whistles. Quick and easy.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the cloves and peppercorns for 2 minutes. Add the onion, chilies, garlic and ginger and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the currypaste and fry for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes, sugar and water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the boiled eggs (I make 4 vertical cuts around the egg), lentils and garam masala. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes, then serve, garnished with cilantro.

7 comments:

  1. Hi Pavani!! This recipe is not only delicious but full of protein!! Great idea!!I guess we can add any curry pd or curry paste to this!!
    I didn't know abt this weekend event, may be I will send one too if I already have one!
    Thanks!!

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  2. The color is beautiful, and it sounds wonderful. Thanks for joining us this month.

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  3. Hi Pavani,

    This is my first time on your blog! You have a lovely blog! Wow and so many recipes.

    I read u're post on your trip to China. Very nice and interesting to read. My aunt visited Beijing for a vacation last year and she told me that it is a must see city. China is nothing like we iamgine it to be she said.

    And I wish I had seen u're blog yesterday. I was looking for something different with Okra. I loved u're Bhindi Masaledar recipe! Next time I buy bhindi I will try it out!

    This egg recipe too sounds very unique. And looks yummy too.

    And all u're other posts - read some of them. Very nice. The tamarind rice post was touching. Made me remember my school picnics and am feleign nostalgic :-) Thanks 2 u!

    Oh and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

    Cheers
    Latha

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  4. Eggs and lentils.. now that's a combo that I never heard of before..Looks delicious

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  5. Thank you Asha, Sara and Arjuna.

    Hi Latha,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad that you liked it. I'm a frequent visitor in your blog. Please keep visiting.

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  6. Pavani, Nice combiantion of vegetable and egg protein. Will surely try it.

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  7. I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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