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Chana Daal with Scallops

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Chana Daal with Scallops

Chana Daal with Scallops

Soak the chana daal in lukewarm water for 1 hour. Drain, then put the daal into a medium saucepan and add 600ml cold water. Bring to the boil, skimming off any froth that gathers on the surface, then add the salt, chilli powder and turmeric, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the chana daal is cooked through.
Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the onion. Cook gently for 5– 10 minutes, then add the garlic, green chilli and butter. After another 3 minutes remove about a quarter of the onion mixture and reserve this for garnish. Add the cumin, cloves and cinnamon stick to the pan and stir thoroughly. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the tinned tomatoes.
Cook for a further 2 minutes, then add the contents of this pan to the pan of daal. Cook, stirring, for a final 10 minutes (or until the lentils are soft to the touch), then add the coriander leaves and season with the black pepper.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a separate pan. When it sizzles, add the scallops one at a time, searing them for 30 seconds on one side and 20 seconds on the other. Serve the seared scallops with the daal and garnish with the reserved onion. Accompany with chapatis.

Ingredients (Serves 2):
  • 100g chana daal (split yellow gram lentils)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 green chilli, sliced lengthways
  • 15g butter
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • ¼ × 400g tin of tomatoes
  • a few leaves of fresh coriander
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 6 scallops, without their shells or coral

 

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