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Chicken Chana Dhal - Chicken with Lentils

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75g / 3oz Chana Dhal or split yellow lentils
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
4 tbsp Corn Oil
2 chopped Leeks
6 Birdseye Chillies
4 Curry Leaves
1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Amchoor
2 chopped Red Tomatoes
1/2 tsp Cayenne Chilli
1 tsp Sea Salt
1lb / 450g Chicken bite-size Pieces
1 tbsp chopped Fresh Coriander

  • Rinse the lentils and remove any stones or grit.
  • Place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil until soft but not mushy, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Meantime, heat a karahi or wok and dry-roast the coriander seeds until they crackle.
  • Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Heat the oil in the karahi then add the leeks, bird's eye chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Stir-fry on a gentle heat for 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Add the amchoor, chopped tomatoes, cayenne, sea salt & chicken pieces together with the roasted coriander seeds (After grinding) and stir-fry for about 7 - 10 minutes.
  • Throw in the lentils and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Serve garnished with coriander.

Serves 4

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