Delicious Indian style lentils recipe

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Lentils cooked with caramelised onions and garlic, angel hair pasta and typical Indian spices such as curry powder and garam masala. A delicious and easy to prepare dish, perfect everyone, vegetarian or not
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 25 minutes, Serves: 4 - 6 


2 cups small brown lentils
1 bay leaf

1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala spice mixture
4 to 6 cardamom pods, crushed, leaves removed (optional)
Chilli flakes to taste (a pinch or more)
Salt and black pepper to taste

200 g angel hair pasta

Yogurt to serve with


Cook the lentils in a pot of boiling water together with the bay leaf, until soft (test by pressing one between your fingers).

In a saucepan over medium high heat add the olive oil and bring to a heat. Add the sliced onion, carrot and garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the curry powder, garam masala, crushed cardamom (if using) and chili flakes and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, Lower heat to minimum and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occationally, until the onion has become caramelised.
While the lentils and onions are cooking, cook the angel hair pasta in another pot of water according to directions on the package (do not overcook, the pasta should be al dente - it usually takes 2 to 3 minutes). Whan the pasta is ready, drain, rinse with cold water, drain again and return to the pot. Drizzle with some olive oil, toss well and set aside.

When the lentils are cooked, drain and return back to the pot. Pour in the caramelised onions and angel hair pasta and toss well. Add more olive oil ir necessary.

Serve with fresh yogurt on the side.

This dish can be kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
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