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1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
200g red lentils
1 litre of boling vegetable stock (2 veg Oxo{TM} cubes mixed with 1 litre of boiling water should do!)
1 inch of root ginger, grated
1 small handful of fresh corriander, coarsely chopped


Heat the oil in a saucepan and then fry the next 7 ingredients in the hot oil. When the onion is well-fried, add the lentils and vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for roughly 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Add the root ginger and corriander and stir again. Simmer again for roughly 5 minutes.

Serve with naan bread, popadums, rice, chutney or plain.


You can make this meal a little more interesting by replacing the red lentils with a mixture of 5 parts red lentils to 1 part rice, 1 part green lentils and 1 part chana dal.