A warm curry for a chilly winter’s night. I have recently been trying to make more of an effort to cook with legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils, as they are incredibly good for us (they are super rich in protein, calcium, prevent food cravings and protect the body against some of the nastier diseases). Yesterday’s dinner consisted of 1 cup of yellow split peas (as they were very cheap at the supermarket and I was interested to know what they tasted like). If you have ever eaten Indian Dhal, a lentil rich vegetable dish, this is what yellow split peas taste like – delicious and bursting with flavour when combined with exotic spices. Whilst this curry takes a while to cook (45 minutes), it is definitely worth it. Perhaps better to make on a rainy weekend, rather than a busy weeknight.
Homemade curry paste
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon ground madras curry
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons water
- 500g chicken breast fillets, cut into even sized pieces
- 1 cup yellow split peas
- 400ml light coconut milk
- 1 1/2 cups doongara rice
- a pinch of ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
1. Make curry paste by combining all ingredients in a mortal & pestle or small bowl and mixing well to combine. Set aside for later.
2. Cook yellow split peas by placing in a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for around 15-20 minutes or until peas are tender (you will need to taste test a few peas to judge this!). Remove from heat and keep warm.
3. Meanwhile, cook doongara rice by bringing rice and 3 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of turmeric to colour the rice yellow. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until rice is tender and all water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
4. Cook chicken pieces in a large saucepan with sesame oil over medium-low heat. When chicken is white in colour and cooked through, add curry paste and stir well to coat all the chicken. Add the cooked split peas and coconut milk to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid has thickened somewhat. Serve warm on a bed of cooked yellow rice.
Serves / 4
Total Preparation time / 15 minutes
Total Cooking time / 45 minutes