Now that I am lecturing and having full days at uni, Andy and I have been eating mainly simple meals -- stirfried veggies, food from the freezer, pasta, etc. But sometimes I super-feel like cooking. When this falls on the weekend, the result is often a multi-part meal, like this one.
Early in the afternoon we decided that we would have dhal for dinner. That started me on a roll of Indian-inspired dishes.
First up, I made flat breads. These are based mainly on a recipe from Vegan Planet, but I kneaded some cumin and sesame seeds into the dough. I cooked these up and then wrapped them in a tea towel while everythign else was cooked.
After the flat breads were finished it was still too early to cook dinner but I still felt like creating. I decided a chutney would be good. I've never made chutney, and rarely even eaten them, but I desperately wanted chutney that night. But with almost nothing in the house, our chutney options were limited. I jokingly said I could make a carrot chutney, as we had a few carrots laying around. Then I quickly realised that I *should* make a carrot chutney. Carrots and raisins spiced with coriander and cinnamon cooked together for an hour into a beautiful, sweet chutney.
Then it was finally time to cook the main part of the meal. At this stage I was a little tired of standing in the kitchen, so this turned out a wee bit half-assed. But it was still good!
Red lentil dhal, and brown rice cooked with tumeric. Although I'm no Jimmy Seervai, this was a good dinner, and all the components made a really yummy wrap for lunch the next day.