Fish and lentil curry

Bank Holiday Monday was another lazy day for me. Never even made it out of my pyjamas. Decided that I wanted to eat fish and lentils. Well it was more that there was half a packet of white fish in the freezer and a tub full of green lentils. I have in the past struggled to cook lentils that were not precooked so I was determined to make a go of this. I just made up the following recipe.

Ingredients

Garlic, onion and ginger paste

1 teaspoon of Paprika

1 teaspoon of Turmeric

1 teaspoon of Mustard seeds

1 teaspoon of Mild curry powder

1 Chopped onions

2 table spoons of oil

1 cup of green lentils

500 ml of cold water

200ml of coconut milk

2 pieces of while fillet fish

Method

1. Fry the paste, spices and onions together on low heat until onions soft.

2. Add lentils and 500mls water and gently simmer for 45 minutes

3. Add 200 ml of coconut milk to mixture

4. Add chopped fish pieces and let cook for another 45 minutes.

I decided as cous cous as the accompaniment because I was just too lazy to make rice but also wanted to experiment with a method I saw on the internet

Cous cous

1. 500 ml of cous cous – mix with olive oil

2. Add a pinch of salt to measuring jug and 500ml hot water

3. Pour the hot water over the cous cous

4. Cover the bowl with a plate and let steam for 10 minutes

5. Then fluff

The finished product was, on the whole tasty enough. But I think I missed a trick by not having tomatoes (used them up yesterday). I also did not really like the taste of this fish married with these lentils. I’m not sure what fish would be better but certainly not this one. I think because it had its own distinctive flavour it struggled to complement that of the curry. I think I need, next time a more plainer tasting white fish. I will find a good one and then stock up.

We finished of the meal by polishing off third of a tub green and blacks chocolate ice cream. No complaints there…

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