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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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;
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.