I really liked the lentil curry I made the other week, so this time I’ve done something similar with split peas (and the inevitable courgettes). Today we had the soup from Day 13 for lunch at 1pm, then managed to get through to 6pm before eating this. Either we’re getting better at managing hunger on fast days, or we’re simply getting used to eating less.

Matar Dal with Courgettes

Recipe for Matar Dal with courgettes and rice (split pea curry: serves 2)

Ingredients for Matar Dal with Courgettes½ cup/100g yellow split peas
½ cup/90g brown Jasmine rice (or brown Basmati rice would be fine)
1 tsp oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 red chilli pepper, finely chopped (including the seeds if you want the curry to be hot)
½ tsp turmeric
200g zucchini/courgette, diced (2 small courgettes)
5g cilantro/fresh coriander, chopped
salt, to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice (juice of half a small lemon)

Total calories per serving: 395

Method: Rinse peas and place in a pan with enough water to cover the peas to the depth of half an inch/1 cm (about one and a half cups). Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the peas are tender. After the peas have been cooking for 10 minutes, put the rice in another pan with one cup of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

Heat the oil in a third pan and stir in the onion slices, cooking on a low heat for 5-10 minutes until they have softened. Stir in the garlic and chilli pepper, then the cumin, turmeric and courgette/zucchini. Raise the heat and cook for a few minutes until the spices become fragrant, then lower the heat and cook until the courgettes/zucchini have softened somewhat. Stir in the split peas, which by now should be cooked. If the peas are too watery, strain off some of the liquid before adding them to the curry. Warm the curry through, then stir in the fresh coriander, salt and lemon juice and remove from the heat. Serve with the cooked rice.

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