Green Bean And Lentil Curry

Another good day’s eating, a walk at lunch time and a delicious dinner so I am very happy.

As soon as I woke up this morning I put some chopped peppers, red onion and large tomatoes in the oven to roast while I got ready.  It was then very easy to make the rest of breakfast and pack a lunch to take to work.egg and veg breakfast For breakfast we each had brown Basmati rice (cooked a couple of days ago), 2 scrambled eggs and roasted veggies with coriander.  Tasty.

320 calories.egg and veggies Lunch was also very tasty.  In to my salad pot I put 100g cooked brown Basmati rice, 38 g tuna, half an avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion and tomato plus a large handful of raw spinach.tuna salad 2 This was a lovely combination of flavours and I really enjoyed it.  No salad dressing required as I mashed the avocado in to the leaves.

406 calories.tuna salad 1 Despite the drizzly and grey day I went outside for my walk.  Minimum has to be a mile.  I set off along Southwark Street.  One advantage of the grey day is that being slightly darker, it highlighted some of the unusual features of the buildings along here.  The coloured squares on this building flash and change colour regularly, which you don’t notice in bright sunshine.flashing coloured squares Signs on the pavement – I followed them.signs on pavement More colourful lights.lights under the bridge It is always a pleasure to be in Borough Market.Borough Market I bought one of these – do you know what they are?  I don’t think I have ever had one before.Guavas I also bought a clementine, a pink grapefruit and a rutebega.clementine, guava, grapefruit and rutebega There were so many cheese shops open and they all had tempting samples but I managed to resist.  After all, this month is a dairy free month.Jumi cheese, Borough Market I headed back to the office and on the way I was very pleased to see a restaurant I was not ever tempted by had been replaced by Bill’s.  I have been to Bill’s in Lewes many times and I likey like it very much indeed.  So this one will definitely be visited very soon!Bill's at Borough Along the river I strolled, past Tate.  Tate Modern and silver birch There is such an eclectic mix of architecture in this part of London.near the office Sadly not enough time to wander any more, but time to get back in to the office.the office On the train I was thinking about dinner.  I knew I had some green beans to use up and I fancied eating some lentils and wanted a curry.  I do love the convenience of a smart phone.  I tapped in “green beans, lentils, curry” and came up with several versions of a Madhur Jaffrey recipe.  I chose the one from Cook Eat Live Vegetarian, a newly discovered blog I am enjoying.

It was easy to make and tasted fantastic.  It is cheap, nutritious, full of flavour and (depending on what stock you use), suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Green Bean and Lentil Curry

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

  • 250 g green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 200 g dried lentils (I used Puy lentils)
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tsp Punchpooran ( I didn’t have this so I made my own with a pinch each of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds and black onion seeds)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 500ml stock (I used chicken)
  • 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • salt and black pepper
  • juice of a lime
  • a handful of coriander to garnish

various spices  Method

  1. Put the lentils and water in to a medium pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes or until the lentils are nearly cooked
  3. Rinse and drain the lentils, season with salt and pepper and set aside
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan (which has a lid)
  5. Grind all the spices in a pestle and mortar
  6. Add the punchpooran, cumin, mustard and coriander seeds and cook until they start to pop
  7. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies (if using) and cook for 2 minutes more
  9. Add the quartered sweet potatoes, turmeric and garam masala
  10. Season well with salt and pepper
  11. Stir to coat the potatoes in the spices, then add the stock and tinned tomatoes
  12. Bring to the boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes
  13. Add the green beans, put the lid on and simmer for 5 minutes
  14. Add the cooked lentils and cook for another 5 minutes or until the lentils, beans and potatoes are soft
  15. Squeeze over the lime and stir in the chopped coriander
  16. Serve in bowls.

coriander, chili and limeThis dish doesn’t require anything else to go with it.  It is a complete meal in a bowl.
dinner 15-1-14
This is a wonderful winter meal.  It is warm, spicy and comforting.  Mashing the sweet potato in to the spicy lentils with lime and corainder was completely delicious.  I will be making this one again and again.

398 calories.lentil and green bean curryGive it a go yourself.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Green Bean And Lentil Curry

  1. Patricia says:

    The fruit you bought is a guava. Hope you enjoyed it.

    • Hi Patricia, thanks for stopping by my blog. I knew it was a guava, but only because the shop had a sign. I had no idea what it was when I first saw them, hence I was curious to see if anyone else knew what it was. Unfortunately, as I blogged about at the weekend, it was hard and tasteless so I didn’t enjoy it. How are they usually?

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