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I saw that you have a cookery blog spot - do you have a good recipe for dhal using ingredients you can buy in Switzerland?
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Hi, Sharon. Thanks for taking a peek at it. It's not solely cookery; it's a mish-mash. I write about life in Switzerland, books, dogs, and lake bird watching as well.
When I needed a sort of dhal curry to go with roti canai (paratha) or basmati rice, I did the following: Emergency Dhal Curry in der Schweiz
half cup of lentils, pre-soaked for half an hour in water
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
half a sliced big onion
1 1/2 tsp curry powder (a bit more if you like it spicier)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (optional, not sure if it can be found here)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2cm of ginger, chopped finely (sub with ginger powder if you prefer)
1/4 tsp coriander powder (optional)
3/4 tsp parsley, chopped (fresh or dried)
a few pieces of star anise, cloves (sub with a small piece of cinnamon)
1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder (Gemuese Extrakt)
1 1/2 cups water
1 zucchini, cut into longish pieces about 0.5cm x 0.3cm x 3cm
3 tbs coconut cream (optional)
sea salt & pepper
Heat oil in a medium saucepan or pot till a small piece of onion sizzles in it. Stir-fry onion and garlic in the oil. Keep it on medium heat.
Add the curry powder, ginger, turmeric, coriander and pieces of spice. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add lentils, water and veggie stock. Bring to boil and turn heat back to medium. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add zucchini and cook for another 3 minutes.
Add coconut cream and parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. One more minute and you're done.