- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ¼ cup curry paste (I used a red Thai curry paste)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 3 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
- 2 cups dry yellow lentils or yellow split peas
- 1 or more heads cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
- apricot or mango jam + cilantro for serving (be brave!)
- salt to taste
Spices used in this recipe
North African Chermula – Mild
North African Chermula is an aromatic blend of spices from North Africa, particularly used in Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian cuisines. This delicious blend can be used as a dry rub or can be mixed with lemon juice, yoghurt and olive oil to make a wet marinade or be used as a dip. Toasting the spices before adding to dishes can be a great way to release their natural oils thus creating a more intense and caramelised flavour. Chermula is a delicate and zesty blend of sweet paprika, pepper, cumin, coriander, parsley, garlic, turmeric, sea salt and cayenne pepper. North African spice mixes tend to be less about the heat content and more about creating a depth of flavour.$9.95
Saute the onion, garlic, and ginger with the oil until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the curry paste, turmeric, and curry powder and stir fry for another 1 minute. Add the broth and water and whisk until incorporated. Bring to a boil.
Add the lentils and simmer for 20-40 minutes. I left the pot uncovered (house smells amazing) and stopped by to stir every so often. Add more water or broth as necessary. Yellow split peas will take longer and, in my experience, they soak up more of the water so you might need to add more.
When the lentils are done or almost done, add the cauliflower. There should be enough liquid left in the pan to boil/steam the cauliflower, so add some if you need it. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender-crisp. Stir to combine; season with salt and top with cilantro and jam.
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