Coconut and lentil curry

My husband and I had a lovely day out at Kirkstall Abbey deli markets.  One of the food stalls there was Ryan’s Kitchen, selling lovely Jamaican food and I sampled their coconut and lentil curry.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since and decided to try and recreate it at home.  I served my version up with Jamie Oliver’s faux cauliflower ‘rice’, which actually worked really well with the curry.

Coconut and lentil curry

Coconut and lentil curry (Serves 4)

One onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp tomato paste
One tin of coconut milk
One tin of green lentils, drained
One red chilli, finely chopped

1. Finely chop one onion and cook in a large pan using a drizzle of oil.

2. Add 1 finely chopped red chilli, 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander and 1 tsp tumeric.  Add in one large tablespoon of tomato paste.  Stir thoroughly and cook for another minute.

3. Add a tin of coconut milk and a tine of green lentils, drained.  Cook the mixture through for 15 minutes.

Serve with faux cauliflower ‘rice’ – process one small head of cauliflower in a food processeor until it resembles rice.  Place in a bowl and cover with cling-film and microwave for 7 minutes.

This is a very delicately flavoured dish, but you always can add extra spices to your suit taste.


Tatton Park Foodies Festival

Ginger's comfort emporium Polenta chips Lemojito

Last weekend we had a lovely time at the Foodies Festival at Tatton Park.  The sun was shining and there were loads of stalls and events taking place.  My highlights were:

  • A delicious lunch from Vfresh
  • Lemojito from The Fresh Lemonade Company
  • Ice cream in a toasted broiche bun and champagne and rose sorbet from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium
  • Pinapple, guava and lime juice from The Cracker Drinks Co
  • Some fab freebies from Ecover
  • The Open Top Bus bar
  • Ginger Ale and Lemon Tonic from Fever Tree

We watched Zoe Salmon from Celebrity Masterchef make brownies with fudge bits in, which I am sure I will be attempting soon.