Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Chunky Turnip and Urad Dal - Lentil Stew

The weather here continues to be miserable and as much as I am trying for it not to bother me, its actually beginning to bring me down.   I had to wait for a bus recently, nothing unusual about that, I do that every working day.  But there was no bus shelter at this particular stop and I was getting wet, really wet.  Sodden in fact, even with my raincoat on.  Yes I was feeling a bit grumpy. 
So some of you may have noted, we have been eating a lot of soups, stews and one pot dishes.
This stew was cobbled together with what we had at home, which was very little at the time.

I often make this stew with red lentils, but had a packet of Urad Dal which is black gram without the skin.  Its perhaps my least favourite legume, but I do still try and eat it.  Its actually been a while since I cooked with it, the last time it was Urad Dal with poppy seeds.  



I didn't mind the Urad Dal so much this autumnal coloured Chunky Turnip Stew

We had this with crusty bread, but Basmati rice would work and even Naan Bread; Or just tuck in with a big spoon.
Chunky turnip and Urad Dal - Lentil Stew
Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced

2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
700g mixed root vegetables – potatoes, turnips and carrots, peeled and chopped in even size bites
175g x Urad Dal or red lentils
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g x tinned tomatoes, chopped
500ml vegetable stock
salt and black pepper to taste
fresh parsley, minced

Method
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions until tender, then stir in the spices and allow to infuse for a few minutes, before adding in the root vegetables and celery. 
Sauté for about 5 minutes, without browning, then stir in the lentils and garlic and cook for a few minutes further.  
Mix in the tomatoes and stock, put a lid on the pan and leave it to simmer gently for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the lentils are soft. 
Stir in the minced parsley.  
Adapted from here.

14 comments:

  1. YUM! we love turnips...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you - my husband loves turnips too, I wish I made more dishes for him using them

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  2. This is something I would love. Thank you for the recipe. I'm sorry you were sodden...It has been raining all day here. Best to you.

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    1. Thanks e. It doesn't rain in Wales, on days it really does pour. I even had a raincoat on, a good one too.

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  3. It sounds like the weather for stews. So awful to get sodden at a busstop though I hope others on the bus would be sympathetic - just hope you weren't on your way to work (I keep some clothes at work in case I get soaked but rarely need them) And I always love a deal - with root veg it would be extra comfort

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    1. Certainly is Johanna. It was on my way back home, thank goodness.

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  4. For me, this is comfort food at its best! We are sill experiencing temperatures below 0°C in april! So... i NEED comfort food ;-)

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    1. Stay warm and tuck into some comfort food.

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  5. It's a nice idea to use turnips. I like them a lot, but struggle to integrate them into dishes. This looks absolutely tasty!

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    1. Thanks VegHog, I struggle to know what to do with turnips as well and wish i had more ideas on how to eat them creatively, but they somehow always end up in a stew

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  6. We have finally got spring weather here and I hope you do too! I'm so pleased to be out of the grey, cold gloom and into sunshine and milder temperatures. I am sure we'll still have some cold days before summer though and this looks just the dish for them.

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    1. Yay - here too. It was a good day. We drove to a place called Ledbury in Herefordshire and then on the way back through Ross on Wye. It was a nice day out, really we should be in the garden....Hope your making the most of the weather

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  7. I hope the weather has turned for you - we had the first nice day yesterday and it was so nice to feel a bit of sun on my skin for a change. The few days before had felt so autumnal, and there was even the smell of bonfire in the air! I'm a bit of shy of turnips, even though I quite enjoy the taste, because I don't have a lot of recipes that I used them in - thanks for giving me one more!

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    1. Joey, I struggle with turnips too!
      Yes yesterday was lovely, unlike today as the weather has reverted to how its been in Wales the past few weeks - rain! It is nice to feel the sun on your skin, it was nice to walk around yesterday without a raincoat.

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