Chicken & dahl nice as Puy

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For a light and healthy meal, try this fra­grant, tasty chicken served with a de­li­cious dahl.

1 tea­spoon ground co­rian­der 1 tea­spoon smoked pa­prika tea­spoon ground turmeric tea­spoon gar­lic pow­der tea­spoon ground gin­ger

To serve

Le­banese cu­cum­ber

2-3 ta­ble­spoons chopped co­rian­der leaves and stalks

2-3 ta­ble­spoons yo­ghurt

Pre­heat oven to 220C. Line an oven tray with bak­ing pa­per. Pre­pare in­gre­di­ents.

Heat first mea­sure of oil in a medium pot on medium heat, add onion, gar­lic and gin­ger. Cook for 2-3 min­utes un­til soft­ened – add a splash of wa­ter if gin­ger be­gins to stick to pot. Add first mea­sure of dahl spice and cook, stir­ring for about 30 sec­onds un­til fra­grant. Add lentils, tomato, stock and wa­ter. Bring to a sim­mer, re­duce heat to low and sim­mer for 22-25 min­utes, stir­ring oc­ca­sion­ally, un­til lentils are ten­der with a bite. Once cooked, re­move from heat and stir through ground al­monds and yo­ghurt. Sea­son and set aside, cov­ered, to keep warm.

While lentils sim­mer, pre­pare roasted cau­li­flower. Toss cau­li­flower with sec­ond mea­sure of oil, sec­ond mea­sure of dahl spice and sea­son. Roast for 18-20 min­utes un­til ten­der. Pat chicken dry and place in a bowl with all re­main­ing tikka spiced chicken in­gre­di­ents. Toss to coat and leave to mar­i­nate un­til cau­li­flower has 8 min­utes cook time re­main­ing. Peel cu­cum­ber into rib­bons and roughly chop co­rian­der.

Heat a large non-stick fry-pan on medium-high heat, cook chicken for 2-3 min­utes each side (de­pend­ing on thick­ness), or un­til cooked through. Set aside, cov­ered, to rest.

Stir spinach through dahl just be­fore serv­ing and sea­son. Slice chicken thinly re­serv­ing any rest­ing juices.

To serve, spoon puy lentil dahl into bowls. Top with roasted cau­li­flower and tikka spiced chicken (pour any rest­ing juices over). Gar­nish with cu­cum­ber rib­bons, sprin­kle with co­rian­der and dol­lop over yo­ghurt.


Tikka spiced chicken with dahl.

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