Lentil(?) Curry

Son Neil visited Warsaw for a week at the beginning of March.  Among other things we tested our culinary skills with the intention of making one of my favourite dishes, lentil curry, but carelessly used a pack of split green peas rather than the planned green lentils!

You can try my lentil curry recipe…..

My Lentil Curry Recipe

Cooking time about 75 minutes

Serves 6+ (or if you’re like me, you can throw some into the freezer for later use).

Ingredients

  • 400g Lentils (red or green)
  • 2 Large onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tins of tomatos or 300g tomato concentrate
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 2 large green, red or yellow peppers
  • 300g mushrooms
  • 1 medium aubergine
  • 2 large carrots
  • Olive oil
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of curry powder (or you can make up your own)
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Water as required

Preparation

Chop the onions and fry in the olive oil until soft.  Add chopped garlic, curry powder and pepper and fry for 3 or minutes.

Wash the lentils and remove any foreign matter.  Place in a large pan. Add the tomato, stock cubes, salt and oregano.  Chop and add the peppers, mushroom, aubergine and carrots.  Add the prepared onion and curry mix and a large cup of water.  Stir and bring the mixture to the boil before simmering for 40 to 60 minutes until the lentils are soft.  Keep an eye on the simmering mixture and add more water as required.

Serve with rice or couscous and other accompaniments to curry!

Alternatives

You can try alternatives to lentils.  The split green peas were fine, but would have been better if they’d been soaked in water overnight. Black beans make a very good curry, but should be soaked in water overnight.

Other Activities

Among other things I had hoped that we’d be able to get the bicycles out, but the weather remained too wintry with ice and snow on the cycle paths.  We had a walk along the Vistula on the Saturday…

National Stadium
National Stadium
Neil by the Vistula
Neil by the Vistula
Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing

Although, as you can see from the photographs above, the main body of the river is clear of ice, there are still opportunities for fishing in spots sheltered from the main flow of the river.

We also made a visit to Warsaw Zoo, where there are many new enclosures and other improvements since I last visited.

The night life wasn’t too hectic, but we did visit Someplace Else, which still features live music (usually from North American bands) five nights a week.

Our visit to the cinema was less successful – I can’t recommend The Wolfman – special effects were fine as you’d expect, but the plot was very weak.

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