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Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#4: Chickpea Moloshyam]

Updated on August 1, 2012
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A classic vegetarian Kerala [south-west India] dish made with dhal lentils and chickpeas. This is a wonderful dish served on its own, or as part of a bigger curry feast. The optional creamed coconut may add to the cost, but it definitely gilds the lily.

APPROX COST (per serving): £1.00 / $1.60

Chickpea Moloshyam with basmati rice
Chickpea Moloshyam with basmati rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 200g / 8oz Basmati rice
  • 200g / 8oz Red lentils
  • ½ tablespoon Oil (any cooking)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, diced
  • 2 teaspoons (to taste) Curry powder
  • 1 Tinned chickpeas
  • 50g / 2oz Creamed coconut
  1. Boil a full kettle of water then pour three-quarters into a lidded saucepan and the rest into a smaller pan.
  2. Add the basmati to the lidded saucepan and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the lentils to the small pan and boil until soft (about 5 minutes). NOTE: Do not cover the pan with lentils in as the water is likely to boil over.
  4. While the rice and lentils are cooking, heat the oil in a large wok or lidded frying pan.
  5. Add the chopped onion and carrot, and allow to cook covered until the onion is see-through. (About 5 minutes.)
  6. Drain the excess water from the rice saucepan and cover for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients to the onion and carrot and pour in the cooked lentils. Heat though.
  8. Season to taste.
  9. Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.

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