Making a curry from scratch can seem a daunting task, but this is a recipe easy enough to make on a Friday night without causing any stress! It’s also a really healthy option, too, as it’s full of protein from the split peas and packed with nutrients from the broccoli.
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 2 cm piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 200g yellow split peas
- 200g broccoli, sliced into 3cm pieces
- Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
- Freshly ground black pepper & sea salt
For the spice mix
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 tsp nigella seeds
- 1-2tsp dried chili flakes, to taste
For the caramelized shallots
How to make Bengali Split Pea Curry with Caramelized Shallots
- 300g shallots, peeled and cut into thin slices
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- Make the spice mix by dry frying the all the spices together for a minute or so. As soon as you smell their aroma wafting up strongly from the pan tip them into a pestle and mortar and roughly grind. Set aside.
- Puree the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor until smooth, adding a tablespoon or so of cold water to help this process along if necessary.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy based pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and ginger puree until soft and translucent. This should take around 10 minutes.
- Add the ground spices and fry for a further couple of minutes before adding the split peas. Pour in enough boiling water to cover the peas by about 3cm and bring up to a simmer.
- Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes stirring from time to time. You may need to add a little more water towards the end if it is looking a little dry.
- Whilst the curry is cooking, caramelize the shallots by stir frying with the oil in a large frying pan or wok over a medium high heat. Cook until golden and crisp, then drain on kitchen paper. Set aside.
- Stir the broccoli through the curry and continue to cook for around 5-8 minutes or until it is tender but with a little bite.
- Serve the curry topped with the caramelized shallots and sprinkled with the coriander.
- Great served with plain rice or naan bread
Recipe from www.tenderstem.co.uk