Right, so the kitchen is unpacked, and the living room is clear of boxes. I've no idea where anything is, but at least have managed to find my bed every night, which is always a good thing! Saying that, my bedroom looks like it has been hit by a girl bomb*, but let's just ignore that for now. All in all, I'm getting settled - and hopefully normal blogging services will be resumed shortly!
The dish I'm serving up to you today is a feat of kitchen clearing. I prepared it in my last week at the flat, and was chuffed about using up lots of bits and pieces to actually make a fairly cohesive whole. Not only that - it was quick to make, ridiculously cheap, and damned tasty with it! My quantities are pretty rough - the end of a pack of basmati, finish off a couple packs of lentils, some bits of veg from the back of the fridge, a couple of almost empty jars of sambal...
- 1 cup red lentils, washed
- 1.5 cup basmati rice
- 0.5 cup broad beans (from the freezer!)
- Half a broccoli, florets
- 400g tin tomatoes
- 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- good pinch saffron
- Vegetable bouillon
- Salt to taste
- ghee to fry
Add the tin of tomatoes, and top up with hot bouillon to about an inch over the level. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 or 6 minutes.
Chuck in the broccoli florets and broad beans and add more bouillon if required. Continue cooking until rice and lentils are done, checking to make sure it doesn't get too dry, adding more bouillon as necessary.
- 1 cup gram flour
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- water to mix
- 1 aubergine (eggplant!)
- ghee to fry
Cut the aubergine into slices about 1cm thick, and coat them in the batter.
Heat the ghee in a frying pan to a medium to hot heat. Cook the aubergine for a minute or two on each side, until golden and crispy - but don't overcook!
Serve the lentil pilaf with slices of fried aubergine on top, and a couple dabs of sambal if you're in the mood for a bit more heat!
* clothes, shoes**, make up, more boxes and some random utterly unnecessary objects... A small stuffed bagpuss mouse that sings "We will fix it". Except the battery is all but dead, so all it actually does is an aphonic "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.......". Then snuffles a little before returning to its glass-eyed voiceless state.
** did I mention I halved my shoe collection before I moved? I threw out 42 pairs... :-S