Friday, 20 April 2012

Get Your Pulses Racing!

Agnello Trittato & Lenticchie al Curry, con Spinaci e Pane "Naan"
Curried Ground Lamb and Lentils with Spinach & Naan Bread

Lentils, one of my favorite pulse vegetables, can make many a wonderful, quick and tasty meal- like this one here! What I love about them is that they are so versatile and particularly tasty when they are nice and spicy!

The lentils I used to make this dish were the ordinary brown kind and they do need soaking beforehand for at least 30 minutes- preferably for an hour or so. But if you make sure to soak them as the very first step in making this, they should be fine by the time fou have done your prep work.

So- the lentils are soaking... lets get busy with the ground lamb and start it frying in dry non stick pan. Whilst that begins to sizzle and brown, chop a carrot finely, a little celery, some onion, garlic and ginger and add these to the ground lamb. Season with salt, pepper, garam masala, some ground panch puren and a little cinnamon. Drain and add the lentils, some tomato paste and a squeeze of lime. Once everything begins to brown nicely, deglaze with a splash of water and add a handful of freshly chopped parsley.

Keep stirring and add a couple of tablespoons of plain yogurt- this will help to lift all of the good flavors and to bind them together into a wonderful, tangy and spicy sauce! Reduce the heat to a simmer and pre-heat/toast the naan bread whilst you prepare the spinach, which is simply steamed with a few slices of ginger.

As soon as the bread is nice and brown, the spinach can be drained and you can prepare to serve up your meal! I first spread out some spinach and then spooned plenty of the spicy and delicious curry on top.  Some finely chopped parsley is the finishing touch and a wonderful meal is ready in but 30-40 minutes! Hope this sets your pulse soaring too!

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