This is a classic indian dish in name only. I sautéed red onion, pears with bacon and masala sauce and served it over lentils with brown rice*. YUM!
The spice in the sauce neutralized with the sweet pear.
Quantity for 4-6
1 cup Green Lentils, soaked and remove the floaters then drain
1 Tsp salt
1 cup Brown Rice
1 quart vegetable stock
4 Tablespoons grape seed or canola oil (2 for rice 2 for saute)
1 red onion, peeled and cut – small dice
12 ounces bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
3 pears, peel, core and cut in small cubes
juice from 1 Lemon
2 Tsp Garam Masala
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 Tsp salt
1/3 cup Coconut Milk
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (or puree reconstituted Sun Dried Tomatoes)
2 Tablespoon Cilantro, clean, dry and chop
Place soaked lentils in a pot and cover with enough cold water to cover them. Add the tsp of salt, place pot over a high heat and bring to a boil for 10 minutes then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft.
In another pot, add veg stock and 6 cups of water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Remove lid then add 2 tablespoons olive oil and rice and allow to boil for 25 minutes. Drain in a colander and return rice to pot, cover with the lid and simmer for 10 minutes or until if becomes fluffy when tested with a fork.
In a large saute over a medium to high heat, add 2 Tablespoon of grape seed oil, heat for 30 seconds then add bacon and onion. Cook for 8 minutes or until the onion begins to caramelize. Add pears and cook for 5 minutes occasionally stirring. Stir in Garam Masala, cayenne,and salt. After a minute add 1/4 cup water, tomato paste and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes them add lemon juice. Serve over rice and lentil and top with cilantro.
*The cheat is to use a packaged Brown Rice & Lentils, which is great for the 30 Minutes Meal