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My Cheater’s Curry

LOL, I always get mocked for making a curry cause I do it ALLLL the time [only cause its so ridiculously quick, and I wants me food NOW.] So here is my version of a sneaky cheat curry. I have made this so many times in the past few weeks because when I am out of food and can’t be bothered wandering to the supermarket, lentils are my friend! Also, we now have a rice cooker, which is the bestest friend of all [Tory is pretty good competition though.]

I actually made this a week ago, but then I developed a slight obsession with One Direction, which kinda put the rest of my life on hiatus. Don’t judge! My upcoming test and two lab reports snapped me back to reality, so all is well… for now.

Ingredients
Dry lentils [sometimes they come in a handy soup packet, which is what i used this time, but the plain ones will do, just wash them first cause they will be starchy. You can also use canned lentils, they work just as well]
1 tablespoon oil
1 – 2 tsp curry powder [depending on how spicy you want it]
a sprinkle of chilli powder
1/4 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste.

Method
Rinse the lentils, cover with water and leave on high heat until boiling point.

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Once they start to boil, turn the heat right down and cover so that it simmers about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

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Add the oil, chilli, curry, coriander, cumin, and tumeric powders. Stir well.

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Keep it simmering until the water has been absorbed into the lentils and they are soft enough to break with a fork. [not sure about you, but i like my lentils soft.]
Add more water if you have to and keep it simmering until it’s at a consistency you like. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve with rice. Or if you are fancy like Tory, serve with naan. Or if you are lazy like me, serve with regular bread. 😉

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The only thing i have to say is… PLEASE don’t overdose on the curry powder, or chilli powder, or just any of the powders. The last thing anyone wants is to stop themselves enjoying a meal because its too spicy and numbs your tongue.

Enjoy yourself!

Nurul.

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Cheat Lentil Tikka Masala

Hey guys,

This recipe is a bit of a cheat, I bought a jar of Tikka Masala sauce and added a couple of my own things but it was yum, simple, cheap and easy, which is the point of this blog so it definitely counts. Although, I’m sure Nurul can do better and I challenge her to do that! Although in hindsight it would have actually been cheaper to try and make it myself but I have NO idea how to make a curry from scratch so spending up to $5 on a jar of curry sauce was a good choice and $5 is still cheap.

As a vegetarian, lentils are a very healthy high source of protein and a great meat alternative. I don’t eat a lot of lentils but I should start eating more.

Ingredients:
1 jar of tikka masala sauce (could also use butter chicken sauce or any other sauce of your choice)
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped and crushed
1 tin of lentils
Extra chilli if needed
1/4 cup of rice (That’s enough for me, you can make more if you like rice or are cooking for more than one person)
Naan bread from the supermarket or from your local Indian restaurant/take-away shop

Method:

First, boil salted water for rice.

While you’re waiting for your water to boil, open your tin of lentils. Tinned lentils are usually kept in brine, which is a gross brown liquid that I think smells like catfood. To avoid the brine, I always wash my lentils well so put your lentils in a colander and run cold water over them for a couple of minutes.

Add rice to the boiling water and cook til soft.

Chop and crush your garlic. (I really just wanted to show off my new knife, which I got from Countdown supermarket by saving stickers they give you after every $20 purchase). You could probably add diced onion too but I didn’t have one at the time. Like Nurul, every dish I make has a garlic or onion/garlic base, it’s called FLAVOUR. Although, I’m pretty sure, as a meat eater I never used garlic but now I’m unsure where I’d be without it. I use so much I can’t even taste it any more!

Fry the garlic in olive oil but not til it goes brown. Like Nurul, I start everything on high and turn it down when it starts to get hot. Garlic is best cooked on medium heat, it is gross as soon as it goes brown so it’s best to saute it on a low heat to get all the flavour  out.

Add lentils and fry on medium heat for 2-5 minutes. The lentils are already pre-cooked so you just need to heat them up.

Add your sauce, while on high heat then when it starts to boil, turn it to low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While your sauce is simmering, take your rice off the heat and drain it (if you cooked it using heaps of water like I did).

Also while my sauce was simmering, I went to my local Indian restaurant and got a couple of pieces of garlic naan to go with the curry, naan is always my favourite part of a curry and although my local Indian restaurant (2 minutes walk from my house) makes terrible curry, it makes good naan so that was perfect for this situation.

Plate everything and enjoy!

Tory.