I made Dahl today. A piece of pumpkin was looking at me and my new Thermomix cookbook was just asking me to roadtest something, so with little more than a wave of my magic wand I made Red Lentil, Pumpkin and Coconut Dahl in the Thermomix in about 20 minutes.
Don’t you just love a new cookbook? Although I always suffer from too many things to cook and not enough hours in the day (and not enough freezer space to hold it all!)
Louise Fulton Keats, granddaughter of aussie cooking legend Margaret Fulton, has brought out a Thermomix Cookbook, “Thermomix Cooking for your Baby and Toddler”. If the mention of ‘baby’ and ‘toddler’ is causing you to lose interest at this point, hang in there! This book is full of fantastic, simple and delicious family meals.
Louise has produced not only a cookbook, but also a comprehensive guide to feeding your baby and toddler, easing through the the puree stage to finger food and beyond. It is jam packed with sensible ideas, nutrient guides, cooking to preserve nutrients, allergy information, sample meal planners and tips for fussy eaters. Combine that with fabulous recipes and glorious foodie pictures, I declare it a must for all new parents.
Not only new parents will benefit from this book. It is also very good for the aged who need modified diets and the majority of recipes are based on delicious family meals, such as Chicken and Pumpkin Cous Cous, Parmesan Crusted Lamb Cutlets, Roast Capsicum and Tomato Soup, Apple and Cinnamon Porridge, as well as pizza, ice cream, felafel, dips, meatballs, stews, muffins and even playdough. It has a very wide appeal. Great for anyone really!
So today, I made the Red Lentil, Pumpkin and Coconut Dahl. It was very easy, mild for the kids, creamy, full of pumpkin and cauliflower and made enough to feed an army. I made some rice to go with it and packaged it up for weekday lunches with some coriander on top. Ideal to freeze and pull out when a quick meal is needed. A lovely nutrient-dense dish which contains protein and fibre. I added a little more spice than stated in the recipe and also felt it needed some salt.
Here is the Recipe:
Red Lentil, Pumpkin and Coconut Dahl
1 brown onion, peeled and quartered
1-2cm cube fresh ginger, peeled
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tblsp olive oil
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
250g red lentils
270g coconut milk
350g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
200g cauliflower, broken into small pieces
150g fresh or frozen peas
2 tblsps lemon juice
1-2 tblsps fresh coriander, chopped
cooked rice to serve
Place onion, ginger and carrot into mixing bowl and chop 5 secs, sp 5. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Add oil and cook 3 min/100C/Reverse/sp 2
Add cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook 1 min/100C/sp1
Add lentils, coconut milk, water, pumpkin and cauliflower and cook 20 mins/100C/Reverse/sp1, or until lentils and vegetables are tender.
Add peas and cook 2 mins/100C/Reverse/sp1
Add lemon juice and coriander and mix 5-10 secs/Reverse/sp1.
Serve with rice
The book is available from the Thermomix website
Here is Louise Fulton Keats website