Tamarind lentils

Tamarind lentils: A flavour-packed meal. Image: Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Tamarind lentils – An aromatic Indian dish

Indulge in the rich flavours of Africa by preparing this mouth-watering tamarind lentils dish.

Tamarind lentils

Tamarind lentils: A flavour-packed meal. Image: Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Explore tasty African flavours with this delicious tamarind lentils recipe. If you have never had tamarind, you will be pleasantly surprised by its unique taste. It is a fruit indigenous to Africa that grows in long pods. It has a pleasingly sweet and sour taste. Executive Chef Kevin Joseph at The Oyster Box hotel in Umhlanga, which is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, shares his tamarind lentils recipe.

Tamarind lentils is a moreish blend of savoury and tangy flavours and the perfect dish to serve when catering for vegetarians or vegans. Alternatively, you can also serve this flavour-packed lentil dish with tandoori chicken. Another great tip from Executive Chef Kevin is to enjoy these lentils with pickled lime for the ultimate flavour experience.

Indulge in the rich flavours of Africa by preparing this mouth-watering tamarind lentils dish. It is so appetising that if you are a staunch carnivore, you will not even miss any meat! Let us know in the comments section of this recipe if you have tried it out.

Tamarind lentils recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Dirnise Britz Course: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ of a large onion

  • 1 large tomato

  • 5 curry leaves

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 8 grams paprika

  • 8 grams fresh garlic

  • 2 grams fresh ginger

  • 2 grams cumin seeds

  • 8 grams garam masala

  • 18 grams mix masala

  • 15 grams tamarind paste

  • fresh coriander

  • salt to taste

  • 500 g black lentils pre-soaked

Method

  • Begin by boiling the black lentils until soft.
  • In a pan, braise the onions and cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds start to pop, add the ginger, garlic, curry leaves, paprika, mix masala and garam masala and fry well.
  • Add tomatoes, then leave to cook.
  • When the oil starts to surface, add in the boiled lentils and tamarind.
  • Stir in the butter before adding salt to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander before serving.

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