Cauliflower And Red Lentil Curry

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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1/2 cup red lentils -- rinsed
1 small onion -- chopped
2 teaspoons madras curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
4 medium plum tomatoes -- chopped
4 cups cauliflower florets
1 medium jalapeno pepper -- halved, seeded, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic -- minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar

Preparation / Directions:

In a large saucepan over low heat, combine lentils, onions, curry powder, salt, turmeric, and 2 cups water; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft and the sauce has thickened, about 45 minutes. Add tomatoes, cauliflower, and jalapeno peppers and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is tender, 8 to 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and cook for about 10 seconds. Add garlic and ginger; sauté until the garlic is lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in cayenne and immediately add the oil-spice mixture to the cauliflower mixture. Stir in lemon juice, cilantro, and sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings with additional salt and cayenne. Serve over rice. "Eating Well" September/October, 1993

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