Thursday, 26 May 2016

Recipe - Aubergine and Mint Dahl

I will start this reference with a throwback reference for anyone who had an emo phase as a teenager - the Sunny Day Real Estate song that goes something along the lines of 'I'm running down / in circles / running down / in circles' again and again. This lyric has sprung to mind  as it's probably been the most eventful of quarter life crisis in terms of making Key Life Changes. Anyway, the song is being referenced firstly because I can appreciate that there are many things which will feel like I'm back to where I was three years ago and like I am in my life just going around in circles. But, secondly, and crucially - I'd like to think I have the perspective now to appreciate, as I didn't back in the emo days, that these are all small fry issues, not just in comparison to the world but probably even in my own hyper privileged life. Yeah, the future is scary and uncertain and it isn't fun to feel like you've regressed to where you are straight out of university but that hasn't happened. Not so green now, but also even if I was - it's irrelevant. Can't bitch about hating your corporate job forever. And yeah pretty shit timing that this is coinciding with a break up but also this isn't even the worst break up I've had with this person let alone of my life. Anyway, felt the whole Groundhog Day sensation very strongly (that analogy comes up loads on this blog for this very reason) when this week was an almost exact mirror of seven weeks ago, both in chronology but also in sillier details like going to the Wellcome Collection and what I wore. It's very easy to measure progress when you have a like for like comparison and as you go over and over the same neural pathways, no one has the energy to feel each job rejection / break up / whatever as strongly each time. What's my point? Feeling pretty chipper and looking forward to many many blog posts complaining about uncertainty and money and spending too much time in my house cooking! And also at my cooking improving once more.
Aubergine and mint dahl

Slice 5 mini aubergines into one inch rounds. Add a liberal amount of salt and leave to drain in a colander.
Slice two onions, finely along with a piece of ginger about 1.5 inches cubed and 4 cloves of garlic. Fry over a medium heat in vegetable oil until super super translucent. Add two cups of red split lentils, two heaped teaspoons of turmeric, a teaspoon of garam masala, a teaspoon of coriander, half a teaspoon of cumin seeds, three dried red chillies and a quarter teaspoon of mustard seeds. Coat well and then add water so that Dahl : water ratio is 1:2. Add salt, put the heat on low, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 40 minutes until the lentils are cooked and the consistency is smooth. 

Meanwhile, sprinkle the aubergines with a teaspoon of ground cumin and toss with oil. Roast in an oven preheated to 200 degrees C and then remove after about ten minutes. Add to the dahl for the last ten minutes of cooking time. 

Finish it all off with about 20g of mint and the same of coriander stirred in at the end.

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