This recipe is a total stonker. With a good kick of chilli it’s just the ticket for a windy weeknight. ‘Onion textures’ sound a little more posh than they need to - it essentially means some nice crunchy onions to add a bit of textural contrast to your dal. To get them good and crispy, get the oil nice and hot and don’t overcrowd the pan. If they have a bit of space to cook then you’ll fry them (instead of stew them), which will give you a perfect finish. Enjoy!
Vegetable Stock Pot(ContainsCelery, Sulphites)
Red Split Lentils
To dismantle your butternut squash chop it in half widthways to separate the top from the bulb at the bottom. Put the flat part of each half on the chopping board then slice downwards to remove the skin. Chop the bulb in half widthways and remove the seeds with a spoon. Finally chop half the squash into 2cm cubes.
Peel and cut the onion in half lengthways through the root. Slice the onion really thinly widthways into half moon shapes. Slice the chilli in half lengthways, remove the seeds and finely chop. Chop the tomatoes into 2cm chunks.
Boil 600ml of water. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a saucepan on medium heat and once hot, add as much chilli as you dare. Now add the curry powder. After 1 minute, add the tomato and cook for a further minute.
Add the water and the stock pot to the tomato mixture. Add the creamed coconut. Rinse the red lentils under water for a minute then add them too. Add the butternut squash and leave on a gentle simmer for 15 mins.
Separate the onion slices. Toss them with the flour and a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat until really hot. Fry off the onions until really crispy, then remove to kitchen towel.
Heat your oven to 100 degrees and roughly chop your coriander. Warm your flatbreads through in the oven for 3-4 mins. Remove from the oven and drizzle over a little olive oil. Scatter over a pinch of coriander.
Once the dal has thickened up, taste for seasoning and add salt if required. Stir through a few tbsps of chopped coriander. Serve in big bowls with your onion textures and pumpkin seeds stacked on top. Mop up with a hunk of flatbread!