Garlic and chilli split pigeon pea curry

Garlic and chilli split pigeon pea curry

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Indian Food Made Easy
Serves
2-3
Photographer
Vanessa Courtier

This simple dish uses lots of store-cupboard ingredients. It is the arabiatta of the lentil world – spicy, garlicky and tart – using flavours that go really well with the savoury lentils. Leaving the chillies whole adds flavour without the heat. These lentils break down into a puree and as the dish cools it tends to firm up, so make sure the curry is not too thick before you take it off the heat.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500ml water
100g split pigeon pea lentils, picked over and washed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
2-4 small dried red chillies, whole
1 rounded tablespoon chopped garlic
1 level tablespoon dried mango powder, or to taste
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste

Method

  1. Place the water and lentils in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the turmeric, cover and simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes or until tender. Uncover and cook over a moderate heat for about 10 minutes until the lentils completely break down. If the lentils are too watery, increase the heat.
  2. Heat the ghee or oil in a separate, small non-stick saucepan. Add the chillies and cook for a minute, then add the garlic. Cook over a moderate heat until the garlic is golden but not burned, then pour straight into the pan of lentils. Add the dried mango powder, salt and lemon juice to taste – the quantities of these depend on how tart your dried mango powder is. Serve hot. This curry solidifies as it cools, so add extra water if you are going to leave it to reheat later.
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