Curry, on chilly days there is nothing like it to warm your bones. This is a mild, family friendly version that my kids loved.
We have a jar of chilli that sits on our table so the adults can zing it up if they want to. Being half Sri-Lankan, curry has to feature in our diet, but I’ve not really cooked it much over the summer. So with autumn drawing in, I’m back on the curry wagon. My hubby will be doing a happy dance right now.
In fact, this is how much my boy loved it! I think he managed to eat some 😉
Butternut and Lentil Curry
A mild, family friendly, vegetarian curry that will warm you and make you smile.
Lots of people are working on reducing their meat consumption at present, it sounds easy but if you are doing it you need to replace that meat protein with some other protein sources. Some examples would be soya, tofu, all forms of bean from kidney to cannellini to black beans, eggs, cheese, quinoa and pulses including lentils.
Having Sri-Lankan blood I absolutely LOVE lentils. So here is one of my favourite ways to cook them – DHAL.
Dhal is legendary in my family. We’ve all grown up on it and a meal of curry and rice is not complete without it. It’s incredibly versatile, can be made with all types of lentils and pulses and you can add most veggies to it too. Also a great dish for weaning 🙂
I also have a love of aubergine (or eggplant), so here is my recipe combining the two, slow cooked for true laziness.
An easy dhal recipe using the amazing aubergine, low GI, high in protein and super healthy.
1tsp each of mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, garam masala and cumin
Saute the onion in pan or crockpot with spices, then add ginger and garlic, plus all other ingredients. Stir well, add water so it's covered by about 1/2 inch and leave to cook on high for 5 hours. Check the fluid level and towards the end of cooking add 100ml milk. I cooked mine for most of the day, it smelt divine.
Breakfast….it’s one of my favourite meals of the day, and even more so when I’m in Sri-Lanka.
I’m half Sri-Lankan and so I have a special love for this teardop shaped island in the sun. We visit regularly as we have lots of family and also work with Young Hope – a charity that supports children orphaned post tsunami and the civil war.
One of the best bits about visiting Sri-Lanka for me has to be the food. I am a true food-a-holic. Good food makes me happy. Tasty, healthy food is even better. Sri-Lankan cuisine can be great for hitting that food spot for me.
In the UK breakfast can be a bit of a dull affair, lots of toast and cereal. Over in Sri-Lanka it’s a whole different story…. think tropical fruit, Hoppers – special pancakes that are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, string hoopers – rice noodles shaped in a round design, omelettes, kiri-bath – coconut rice and many varieties of rice and curry. Yup that’s right, rice and curry for breakfast. I love to embrace all of this and actually rice and curry for brekkie is pretty good. My personal preference is for lentils with a fish curry served with a spoon of chilli hot sambol…..and it’s all wheat free, yay!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve had for breakfast?
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