Tarka Dhal

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1 pint of uncooked red lentils

2 pints of water

4 large onions

1 tin of tomatoes

1 heaped teaspoon of tumeric

3 heaped teaspoons of cumin

3 heaped teaspoons of coriander

6 heaped teaspoons of garam masala or even madras powder.

I soak the red lentils whilst i prepare the rest of the ingredients. Peel and chop the onions and garlic finely (i use a food processor). heat all the spices in a frying pan for a few minutes to release the flavour, I then added a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil to the spices and turned the heat off. In a large pan heat some oil (i use olive oil) and fry the onions and garlic for about 5 mins and then add the spice and the tinned tomatoes. Simmer for a little while before adding the lentils and 2 pints of water. Simmer on medium until the lentils breakdown and start sticking to the bottom. Add the chilli flakes as required.

This makes a large batch which I portion and freeze.

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