We had a really bad storm here the other day. Even though our house isn't particularly cold, just looking at the wind and rain outside the window made me crave something really warm and spicy for dinner. So I browsed through the blog of my favourite cook/blogger, Jack Monroe - COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP. This blog, along with Jack's cookbooks, is my most trusted and most often used source of budget-friendly, simple and tasty recipes. I decided to make Jack's Aubergine and Lentil Vindaloo and it was sooo good I will definitely be making it again. Absolutely loved it.
This recipe served the 2 of us for dinner with a generous portion left for next day's lunch.
3 onions, peeled and sliced
6 fat cloves of garlic, peeled but left whole
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1/4 of a star anise
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp vinegar
2 small aubergines, diced or thinly sliced
100g red lentils, rinsed
A little oil for frying
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the onions in a little oil on a low heat, until they're translucent. Add the garlic, aubergine and spices, along with a cup of water (Jack's recipe only calls for half a cup, but I found it not enough) and stir well.
Meanwhile, cook the lentils in unsalted water in a separate pan - they will only take a few minutes to soften. When cooked, rinse and drain.
Add the cooked lentils, the tomato paste and the vinegar to your aubergine pan and simmer for anything between 10-20min, until the aubergine bits are brown and soft. Done!
This worked amazingly well as a warming dish and will definitely be made a lot this autumn and winter. I am completely in love with it.