This recipe is adapted from 660 Curries, another treasured cookbook that is indispensable for any cook who enjoys Indian food and wants to create unique, often simple, but always tasty and flavourful Indian dishes.
This is also my contribution to My Legume Love Affair, a popular monthly food blogging event started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook and hosted this month by Rachel who posts at The Crispy Cook.
Chickpeas, Kidney Beans and Lentils with a Spicy Tomato SauceMore Indian chickpea recipes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
1/4 cup of dried black chickpeas
1/4 cup of dried yellow chickpeas
1/4 cup of dried red kidney beans
1/4 cup of lentils (I used puy lentils, but you can use urad dal or black lentils)
2 tablespoons of butter, or a mixture of butter and oil
1 generous teaspoon of black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of asafetida
dash of cayenne
2 - 4 dried red chilies
1 large tomato, finely chopped
2 - 4 fresh red or green chilies, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnishing
Rinse the chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils in a strainer. Soak overnight in enough water to cover. Drain, transfer to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the beans are tender - roughly 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat the ghee or butter in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, toss in the mustard seeds and cook until they begin to pop. Add the cumin seeds, ground cumin, sugar, salt, coriander, turmeric, asafetida, cayenne and dried chilies. Stir quickly and add the tomatoes and fresh chilies. Stir a few times and cook until the tomatoes are softened - roughly 5 minutes.
Drain off some of the water from the cooked beans and add the tomato mixture to the pot. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Garnish with the fresh parsley or cilantro.
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