Indian Lentil stew

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heres a vegetarian lentil stew thats easy to make.

1 1/2 cups lentils
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
2 serrano chilies minced
1 large tomato diced
1 1/2 tsp packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
1 dried cayenne or thai chile
1 large clove minced garlic

pick over the lentils tossing out any stones. rinse and place in a saucepan add 5 cups water along with the coriander,tumeric,cumin and minced serrano. bring to a boil,reduce heat to a low boil and cook,stiring often until the lentils are soft about 50 minutes.

using a wooden spoon smash the soft lentils to made a chunky puree add teh brown sugar,salt and tomato. stir to dissolve the sugar. reduce heat to low to keep warm while you make the spice mixture

in a small fry pan with a lid heat the oil until shimmering. add the mustard seeds,cover and cook 30 seconds or so until the spattering stops. uncover and add the dried chile. saute about 30 seconds until the chile turns black. remove with tongs and discard. add the garlic stir quickly and remove from heat. stir spice mixture into the lentils and serve over rice

serves 4

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