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Lentil curry served with flatbread

Masoor Dal Recipe Easy Red Lentil Dal


• 2 Tablespoons of coriander seeds

• 1 Tablespoon of fennel seeds

• 1 Tablespoon of mustard seeds

• 1 Tablespoon of ground cumin powder

• 1 Tablespoon turmeric powder

• 2 Bay leaves

• 10 Whole cloves

• 10 Cardamon pods

• 1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon powder

• 1 Whole nutmeg finely grated

• 10 Peppercorns

• 400g Red lentil split

• 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes

• 2 vegetable stock cubes

• 30g Fresh coriander

• 30g French mint leaves

• Two tablespoons of olive oil

• Two medium onions

• 400g Plain flour

• 25g Fresh ginger


For the Lentil Curry

  • Remove seeds from the cardamon shells.
  • Grate one onion, the ginger and mince the garlic.
  • Place coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cardamom seeds, fennel seeds, cumin powder, turmeric powder, ground cinnamon powder, bay leaves, peppercorns, grated nutmeg and whole cloves in a roasting tin. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (gas mark6).
  • Dry roast the spices for 5 minutes in the oven. Then use a mortar and pestle to grind all the roasted spices.
  • Make 1000ml of vegetable stock by dissolving the stock cubes with boiled water.
  • Add two tablespoons of oil into a heavy-based saucepan and heat it for 1 minute. Then add the ground spices, onions, garlic and ginger.
  • Stir continuously for 1 minute and add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Add the lentil, chicken stock and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Then stir it for one minute and simmer once the sauce begins to boil.
  • Occasional stir and add fresh coriander after 25 minutes and cook until lentils are tender.

For the Flat Bread

  1. Add the plain flour and yeast into a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and add the water. Mix until the dough comes together, and use your hand to form a softball dough. Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into eight equal balls. Roll them out to the thickness of a coin. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle pan over medium heat and cook the flatbread for two minutes on each side – it should bubble up, then flip and cook the other side, pressing down if it puffs up. Once cooked, there should be small brown spots on both sides.

Fresh Mint & Onions:

Finely chop the mint and onions, then serve with lentil curry and flatbread.

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What is Agave Plant Syrup?

Honey Butter Nut Crepes Recipe

Agave plant syrup is a natural sweetener made from the sap of a Blue Agave plant (a type of cactus that is native to Mexico), usually in the form of a brown liquid. It is a substitute for honey, sugar and maple syrup. The Agave plant syrup tastes like molasses and is suitable for both vegans and vegetarian.

How to use

Agave Plant syrup is easy to use and very versatile. It is sweeter than sugar, so you need less of this to achieve the same sweetness. It is great for sweetening hot drinks, porridge, flapjacks, sticky cakes and muffins, perfect for topping and use within cooking. Enjoy a cocktail with agave plant syrupy twist.

Agave has a lower glycemic index (GI) value than sugar, which means that your body absorbs agave plant syrup more slowly into your bloodstream and avoids a rapid insulin spike. According to the NHS, Agave syrup falls within the `free sugar` category – NHS recommend cutting down on this type of sugar.

Choose a brand (like the Tate & Lyon Agave Syrup) that processes the syrup at low temperature to retain the natural enzymes.

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Discover Macphie Creme Brulee and Save Time

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Macphie Creme Brulee is a ready-to-use UHT product that will help you make smooth, rich, and luxurious creme Brulee. It is simple to use by following the simple instructions below:

  • Just open the pack and pour it into a suitable saucepan.
  • Heat liquid just to the boil, ensuring that the liquid is stirred continuously.
  • Pour whilst hot into a suitable container. Allow to cool, then place in chill until set (usually 1-2 hours).
  • If required, immediately before serving, dredge with icing or demerara sugar, and place under a hot grill until the sugar caramelises for a creamy pudding with a crispy top coat.

Macphie Creme Brulee is simple to use, saves you time and gives you the flexibility to add your own twist. It is free from artificial colours and flavours. Gluten-free, Suitable for Vegetarians.