1 chopped red chilli or two teaspoons of frozen chopped red chilli
clove of garlic, crushed, or a heaped teaspoon of frozen chopped garlic
200g red or yellow lentils – uncooked
about 40-50g per person
3 tbsps of curry paste
half a cauliflower broken into small florets
1 litre of hot vegetable stock, can use Marigold vegetable bouillon powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
a few leftover new potatoes or boiled potatoes, chopped (about a mugful)
4 dessert spoons of ground almonds
100g Greek yoghurt
150ml double cream
feel free to add some full fat coconut milk
Fry the onion, chilli and garlic in a little bit of butter and olive oil til soft but not browned.
Add the curry paste, turmeric and lentils, and stir so everything is coated.
Add the stock, simmer for 20 mins.
Add the potato and cauliflower and cook for a further 10 mins.
Stir in the cream, salt, ground almonds and yoghurt.
Serve with basmati rice – basmati releases its energy relatively slowly by the way.
Sprinkle with chopped coriander if you have any in.
Lentils are rich in iron, folate and B vitamins. Folate is critical for brain and nervous system health and particularly so for developing embryos. B vits are key players in energy production and iron helps transport oxygen around the body.
They also provide protein and fibre and help to stabilise blood sugar.Lentils are also, like beans, are a fantastic source of the little-discussed mineral, Molybdenum. Molybdenum plays an important role in nervous signalling and brain function, and in these days of high stress and of poor foods that degenerate the brain it's vital to give the pathways a big helping hand.
Because cauliflower is white people assume it's devoid of nutrients. Very much not the case! Cauli is a 'cruciferous' vegetable, like broccoli and studies are showing that it enhances the function of the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, inflammatory, and detoxification systems. It also has a significant amount of vitamin C - who knew?! And another shocking fact, cauliflower contains some protein, with small amounts of amino acids (in fact most foods do; protein deficiency in the western world is rare as hen's teeth )
Vitamins, A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K. Minerals: Iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, potassium.