This delicious green lentil winter warmer is a perfect to warm the winter blues. It’s simple and super quick to prepare. A great source of protein, the combination of herbs and spices here are beneficial for vata and kapha types, and helpful for all constitutions this time of year.
Green lentils 1/2 cup
Ajwain seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Sea salt 1 pinch
Black cracked pepper 1/4 tsp
Brown onion 1 small
Grated ginger 1 inch
Garlic 2 coves
Cherry tomatoes 1/2 punnet
Kale 1/2 bunch (or 7 large leaves from your back garden)
Pepitas (pumpkin Seeds) 3 table spoons
Sesame oil 2 tablespoons
Soak the lentils in water and leave covered over night.
When you’re ready to cook up a storm, chop the kale into thin shreds, and the cherry tomatoes into quarters. dice the onion, and garlic and grate the ginger. Rinse the lentils before cooking.
Using a wok, fry the sesame oil, onion, garlic and ginger. Add the lentils, cumin seeds, ajwain seeds, cloves, and cook for 15min continuously stirring the ingredients on medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of water and cover with a lid for 3-4min or until the water has reduced and lentils are soft. Add turmeric powder, salt, black pepper, kale, cherry tomatoes and pepitas. Stir and continue cooking on low heat. Cover and cook until kale begins to wilt.
Dry fry pepitas in a separate pan until lightly toasted. Keep them moving in the pan as they can quickly burn if left for too long. You’ll notice some of them begin to pop and a you will be able to smell the oil inside the seeds begin to be released, that’s when you know they’re ready! Add the pepitas to the rest of the dish and you’re ready to serve.
I’d love to know how you go with this one! If you feel inspired, leave a comment below about the flavour and the spice mix, love to know if you enjoyed it as much as I do!