I decided to try and recreate the Deliciously Ella Yellow Thai Curry that we had a couple of weeks ago. It was delicious, and yes, we will keep a couple of them in the freezer for 'emergency meals' but for day to day eating I wanted something quite a bit cheaper but just as tasty. A sort of Dhal version, but with the same coconutty taste.
Using the ingredients in the photo above I set too.
Gently sautéing the onions for ten minutes to develop the flavour, then adding a good heaped teaspoon or two of Cumin. After another couple of minutes I added the now quartered cherry tomatoes and then tipped in a couple of handfuls of rinsed Red Lentils. These were stirred in the now spicy onions for a minute and then I tipped in the can of Coconut Milk along with a couple of tablespoons of desiccated coconut.
Finally I filled the coconut milk can with water from the kettle and tipped that in too. It was quickly brought to a boil and then left simmering for around half an hour for the lentils to soften and absorb all that lovely coconutty goodness.
It might not have been this ...
... but it tasted beautiful.
There was enough for a portion each with rice and garlic bread one night.
And then another good sized portion to go on our picky plates the night after.
All from such cheap and simple ingredients.
Quality ready meals have their place and when I find them I will never be ashamed to splash out and have them on standby, but it is nice to be able to recreate a cheaper but still as healthy version for yourself.
And next time I might double up the recipe and see if my version freezes well too.