Amaranth Lentil Curry + a Spice Hamper Giveaway

If you have read my ‘Burnt Garlic and Ancho Chili Rice’ post, then you would remember Liz of The Spice People.

Recently Liz asked me to do a guest post for her blog, and I decided to create a dish using one of her best sellers, the Curry Lentil Dahl; a fragrant, flavourful and aromatic blend of cumin, turmeric, garlic, coriander, bell peppers, mustard and chilli.

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Liz had provided me with a sample of this blend to play around with and I have been using it quite a lot in my daily cooking. It adds just that extra bit of oomph to all my dal recipes. I even used it as a marinade for my fish fry; that’s how versatile the curry lentil dahl blend is.

The Spice People has also joined hands with me to give away a spice hamper as a token of appreciation to all our readers, a small gesture for the festive season. But before we get to the giveaway, let’s talk a bit more of today’s recipe.

Today’s dish is an amaranth lentil curry which is inspired by the dal recipes of Kerala. A protein packed dish, this lentil curry has an irresistible aroma from the spices and a rich, creamy texture from the coconut paste. Best teamed with steamed white rice, this amaranth lentil curry can also be enjoyed as a hearty soup.

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Amaranth actually refers to a group of perennial plants. These plants are cultivated as leafy vegetables in many parts of the world and are extremely healthy. The roots and stems are also consumed in many Asian countries. Amaranth seeds are a great source of protein and these are used as grains in Asian countries and Americas. The seeds are ground into flour and used to make breads.

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I used the amaranth leaves for cooking this lentil/dal curry; these have such a vibrant and beautiful colour, deep green and purple hues.

You can find the full recipe for Amaranth Lentil curry here – a rich, creamy yet rustic lentil stew from Kerala spiced with the curry lentil dahl blend, cumin and green chillies.

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Note – If you cannot get your hands on the curry lentil dhal blend, then use a mixture of roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.

And now the most exciting part; the giveaway!

As I mentioned, The Spice People has very generously provided me with a spice hamper to give away to my readers.
This spice hamper contains;

1. Mexican Tex-Mex
2. Curry Lentil Dahl
3. Tunisian Harissa
4. New Orleans Cajun Spice
5. Moroccan Ras el Hanout
6. Ancho Chillies (Whole)

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This gift hamper is a true representation of my love for spices from across the globe. So if you would like to spice up this festive season, then all that you need to do is follow the rules below and enter the giveaway!

This is an international giveaway so that all my readers can participate. And do not forget to spread the word too…..

To take part in this giveaway, you need to complete all the four steps outlined below;

1. ‘Like’ the Spice Adventuress on Facebook.
2. ‘Like’ the Spice People on Facebook
3. Leave a comment below stating which is your favourite spice blend from this hamper.

Remember, it is mandatory to do all the three steps for your entry to be considered.

This giveaway will run till December 15th, 2014 and the winner will be notified through our Facebook pages.
All the best!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Binu T Mathew.

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98 thoughts on “Amaranth Lentil Curry + a Spice Hamper Giveaway

  1. Jess Powell December 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm Reply

    The cajun spice mix sounds great 🙂
    (liking on fb – https://www.facebook.com/plastig.ffantastig )

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  2. Viktoria Lunina December 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm Reply

    My favourite is Mexican Tex-Mex!

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  3. Mindy Bel December 14, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Follow on Facebook – Mindy Bel
    I really like Mexican Tex-Mex!

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  4. Alexey Petrov December 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Mexican Tex-Mex

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  5. nadia December 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I make chicken with curry.
    Sella Concor on Facebook.

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  6. kimtiu37 December 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Love the New Orleans Cajun Spice

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  7. wendyhatton December 13, 2014 at 1:06 am Reply

    I’m not very familiar with Moroccan or Tunisan food but love having a try of new flavors. I know I like Dahl so will say Curry Lentil Dahl is my favorite but that could change when I try some off the others! Fingers crossed I win a selection.

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    • vanyadhanya December 13, 2014 at 1:09 am Reply

      there’s plenty you can experiment with Wendy. Think fusion; a dash of morroccan to spice up your roast chicken or a sprinkle of Tunisian on your fried fish. Good luck!

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  8. spectrephang December 13, 2014 at 12:44 am Reply

    2. Curry Lentil Dahl for my thosai!

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  9. judethomas21 December 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm Reply

    I love the sound of the New Orleans Cajun Spice mix.
    Facebook: Judy Thomas

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  10. sarah k December 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm Reply

    These look like great products to have in the pantry, I would try the Curry Lentil Dahl and Mexican Tex-Mex first.
    facebook : sarah skylark

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  11. saragorgieva December 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm Reply

    I would like the Mexican Tex-Mex all of these flavours look awesome hope they taste the same Good luck to everybody 🙂 (I liked the fb pages Sara Gorgieva)

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  12. Sara December 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm Reply

    I would like Mexican Tex-Mex never tried all of these flavours except for curry so they are very cool

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    • vanyadhanya December 13, 2014 at 12:58 am Reply

      hope you win Sara, and then u have lots to experiment with.

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  13. Divya Asha December 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Curry Lentil Dahl is my favourite spice blend from this hamper.
    Liked both the facebook pages.
    Facebook name: Divya Asha
    Shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devi.priya.712/posts/744723395608912?pnref=story

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  14. biancarogoveanu December 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Mexican Tex-Mex, i would use it for chicken rice !

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  15. saniya December 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Harrisa sounds insanely delicious.

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  16. Vesper Meikle December 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Love curries so it would be the Curry Lentil Dahl – follow on Fb with Vesper Meikle

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  17. Jessica December 12, 2014 at 2:46 am Reply

    I think the New Orleans Cajun Spice sounds good.

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  18. Inge Speemanns December 12, 2014 at 12:34 am Reply

    Oh wow, these look delicious! I love the sound of the Curry Lentil Dahl.
    I followed both pages on Facebook: Inge Speemanns.

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  19. Fiona December 11, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply

    The harissa for sure!!! I’d use it for my lamb and chikpea slow cooker recipe.

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  20. Binu T Mathew December 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Ancho Chillies (Whole)

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    • vanyadhanya December 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

      any particular dish you have in mind with it? all the best!

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      • Binu T Mathew December 11, 2014 at 5:52 am

        I want to use it for marination(BBQ). I hope that gets click with its smoky flavor.

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      • vanyadhanya December 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

        lovely idea…a Mexican marination

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  21. Egg Biryani | The Spice Adventuress December 10, 2014 at 3:38 am Reply

    […] Would you like to win a spice hamper in time for Christmas? Then go ahead and take part here. […]

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  22. Georgie Coghlan December 8, 2014 at 7:01 am Reply

    It’s a hard choice, but I the Tex Mex Mexican is my favourite by a fraction. Honestly, they all sound amazing and I would be thrilled to win.

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  23. Benjamin Travia December 8, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    Tunisian Harissa. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. vimmy December 7, 2014 at 9:02 am Reply

    Will love to win this. Thanks dhanya

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  25. Kerrie Giannakis December 7, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

    tunusian Harissa for me. Yum!

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  26. divya varghese December 7, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    The Moroccan would be great.

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  27. Kelby Anne December 7, 2014 at 5:59 am Reply

    New Orleans Cajun Spice sounds great

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  28. Kara-Maree Nevell December 5, 2014 at 10:48 am Reply

    great blog! I love Dahl! All the best with your blog!

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  29. Sarah Rose Amohanga December 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm Reply

    New Orleans Cajun spice mix is so yummy…I do a fantastic Cajun chicken dish with this spice 🙂

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  30. hadil b December 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm Reply

    New Orleans Cajun Spice sounds yummy

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  31. Nanditha Suresh December 4, 2014 at 10:29 am Reply

    Already a huge fan of your page. Have ‘liked’ The Spice People as well. The Moroccan Ras el Hanout sounds yummm. The New Orleans Cajun Spice sounds amazing too!

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  32. rebecca December 4, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply

    Wow what an amazing competition thankyou Curry Lentil Dahl would have to be my pick love curries

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  33. Nicole - Champagne and Chips December 4, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

    Yum! Beautiful photos too. I love the sound of the curry lentil Dahl. We have Dahl once a week to save money and have a vegetarian day. I think my love would have a lot of fun with a decent spice base instead of the supermarket one he usually uses.

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  34. irene December 4, 2014 at 6:45 am Reply

    love to give the New Orleans a try and test it out on my BBQ

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  35. Jordan D. December 4, 2014 at 3:35 am Reply

    I’d love the cajun spice mix, but the other blends sound really interesting! I like both pages on facebook 🙂

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  36. Maureen December 4, 2014 at 2:19 am Reply

    Awesome giveaway! Since I love Indian food, I’d go for the Curry Lentil Dahl 😀

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  37. Alanna Jane December 4, 2014 at 1:49 am Reply

    I would love the Moroccan spice mix

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  38. Bev December 4, 2014 at 12:03 am Reply

    New Orleans Cajun Spice is my favorite! Thanks for the contest!

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  39. Margaret Kirkwood December 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Mexican Tex-Mex sounds delicious

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    • vanyadhanya December 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm Reply

      yes, it would be great for making pulled pork tacos this season.

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  40. aleisha December 3, 2014 at 11:52 am Reply

    Curry lentil dahl

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  41. Shruti J December 3, 2014 at 11:21 am Reply

    No second thought… It’s curry lentil dahl!!! ♥

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  42. ilovemylabsAlice December 3, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply

    I will have to go out and try these spices.

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    • vanyadhanya December 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm Reply

      go ahead, these are quite good.

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    • vanyadhanya December 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Hi, you are the winner of my spice hamper giveaway; do message me your postal address so that I can send the hamper at the earliest.

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      • Robyn Smithwick December 17, 2014 at 6:33 am

        Hi there .I am a little confused. If I am the winner . my postal address is 18 Todd Lane, Romsey, Victoria , 3434 Australia many thanks and have a very Merry Christmas.

        Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:03:12 +0000 To: romsteamm1947@hotmail.com

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  43. Robyn Smithwick December 3, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply

    I think the moroccan spice pack would have to be my favourite!

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  44. Robyn Smithwick December 3, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply

    I would love to try and make this. I think it will taste delicious.

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  45. Sarah Moss December 3, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

    New Orleans Cajun Spice

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    • vanyadhanya December 3, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply

      awesome pick; Liz personally recommends this one for barbecues. All the best!

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  46. tash wright December 3, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

    how kind of you. id love to win to teach my 3yr old more about cooking. love marroccan xx All the best

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    • vanyadhanya December 3, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

      wow, that’s a beautiful thing Tash; all the best.

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  47. Debra mccann December 3, 2014 at 5:12 am Reply

    Moroccan

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