Happy Friday! Sometimes you're looking for something new to do with an old vegetable... Now, due to my long history as a feline caretaker, I'm not #vegetarian; however, most of my favorite dishes would be classified as that.
In my younger years, I basically took every penny I had to go central India, because of an inexplicable need to see the Elephants in one of the last places on Earth they live in their natural habitat (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33694186).
This dish is inspired from that trip. Recipe doesn't really have a name; it's adapted. Works great with potatoes or cauliflower: warm and spicy and mildly sweet and fragrant.
* 1/2 cup split black lentils AKA urad dāl उरद दाल (Hindi) ಉದ್ದು (Kannad)
* 1 cup cauliflower (गोभी gobi) or potatoes
* 12 oz. coconut milk
* 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
* 1 Tbsp. black mustard seeds
* 1 tsp. black cumin seeds (काला ज़ीरा)
* 1-2 tsp. turmeric powder
* hot chili powder (to taste)
* salt (to taste)
Rinse the lentils in at least 2 changes of water and boil in for 10 minutes, skimming off any foam that accumulates on the top. Add cauliflower or diced potatoes and boil 8-10 more minutes, until veg is softened but not soft.
If any water is left when the lentils drain that water off and set lentil-veg mix aside.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in mustard seeds and cover until they stop popping (like popcorn). Sprinkle in cumin seeds. Add lentils and cauliflower and stir until coated. Sprinkle hot chili powder and turmeric; stir fry everything ~3 minutes until slightly browned.
Add coconut milk and reduce heat, cooking until warmed through. Add curry leaves and serve.
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