This is an absolute treasured staple in our house hold. My husbands favourite meal that I cook, despite having it very regularly, he always wants more. Due to its creamy texture, packing full of flavours, warming your from the inside. This dish is full of loving energy passed on from me to the food, as well as all the nutrient rich ingredients that support good health. I tend to cook intuitively, without precise measurement and adding different bits each time. Cooking in the kitchen is certainly an extension of my creative expression. Here I offer you the base recipe you can then experiment with. Ingredients: - 2 Tbsp coconut oil -1 tsp cumin seeds -1 tsp black mustard seeds -4 garlic cloves sliced (or more if you like, we sometimes add a whole bulb!) -A thumb size bit of fresh ginger, chopped up (again you can always add more if you wish) -2 tsp of turmeric powder -1 tsp of pink salt -1 tsp pepper -1.5 Cups of red split lentils (you can play around with other types, but red give you a cream texture) -Additional Optional ingredients to jazz it up : chopped carrots, finely chopped cauliflower, pepper, peas, chopped tomatoes, fresh coriander, cinnamon, chilli, coconut milk for extra creaminess. Directions: Melt the oil on a low heat and add the seeds until they begin to pop and smell fragrant. Then add in your aromatics (ginger and garlic), until fragrant and slightly transparent. Add your powders and stir. Add in your lentils after rinsing them. Stir so everything mixes well and the lentils begin to go change colour. If adding in other bits- add here unless they are fresh herbs (keep them for near the end). Boil the kettle, then fill your pan with boiled water, until it just covers your lentils and other bit of goodness. Stir and mix in the flavours. Then gradually add more and more water bit by bit as you go along. Lentils, suck up ALOT of water so you will have to tend to the pot and continue to add more water. I have no real science or time scale to offer you as a guidance- when it looks done its done. We often say it taste nicer the following day! Once you have served it up you can top with: pomegranate, crushed hazelnuts, or coriander garlic dressing (you can ask me personally for this recipe). You can eat with rice, but we love a few roti's. Enjoy & let me know how you get on!