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Spiced Green Lentil Salad

2 cups green lentils, picked over and washed
2 red or yellow peppers or one of each, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 tablespoon light olive oil
¼ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon whole fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon homemade Madras curry powder
¼ teaspoon homemade garam masala
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur) (optional)
Salt to taste
1 lemon, cut in half to squeeze over
Handful fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped to garnish


Place the lentils in a heavy pot, and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, and boil hard for a few minutes, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface.

Lower the heat, and simmer for about 20 - 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender, and just holding their shape.

Once the lentils are cooked, drain and return them to the pot. Add the chopped peppers and carrot and stir together.

Heat the oil in a small pan, then add the cumin and fennel seeds. Then add the Madras curry powder, the garam masala, the ground cumin and the mango powder (if using). Saute for a minute.

Pour the oil, spices and all, into the lentil and vegetable mixture. Stir together, then season to taste with the salt.

Add the fresh chopped coriander and stir. Serve with a wedge of lemon to squeeze over. Goes well as a side dish with meats or fish.

Recipe from: http://foodfootballandababy.blogspot.com/
Author: Michelle Peters - Jones
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