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Tomato and red Lental Rasam and Onion and Sweet Potato Bhajis...


Gosh I feel like it has been forever since I have posted a Slimming World recipe and for that I must apologize. Summer has been crazy and I have spent allot of it not on plan :/ BUT with my group finally getting closer to opening it's time to get to the end of one SW journey (weightloss) and to the begging of the next (being a consultant)!

During summer I also got the new Veggie cookbook which I LOVE!!! I would have put it on sooner but haven't been able to, better late then never though. Have you got it? If you haven't get to group and get one! It has some amazing recipes in it and ones that can easily be added to your weekly meal plan and even adapted for the meat eaters out there.

Last night I cooked two super yummy recipes but did add some cod to bulk it up as I only cooked enough for two. The recipe however is for 4.


Ingredients


for the rasam
100g dried red lentals
low cal cooking spray
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 dried chili
4 cloves
2 green cardamon pods
1 cinnamon stick
1cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 green chili, deseeded and finely chopped
10 curry leaves
handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
6 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
1/2 tsp tumeric
pinch of sweetner
1 tbsp lemon juice

for the bhajis
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated
50g gram flour
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin seeds, lightly crushed
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 red chili, deseeded and chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
2 small eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper
low cal cooking spray

for the raita
2 large handfuls of fresh mint plus finely chopped mint to garnish
1 cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 green chili, deseeded and roughly chopped
juice of 2 lemons
pinch of sweetner
250g fat free natural yogurt


Method


for the rasam
1.Put the lentals in a saucepan with 350ml of water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Turn the heat to medium and simmer gently for 15 - 20 minutes or until the lentals have absorbed all the water and softened. Remove from the heat and blend until smooth using a stick blender or food processor. set aside.
2. meanwhile spray a non sick saucepan with low cal spray and place over a high heat. add the mustard seeds and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to pop. Add the cumin seeds, dried chilli, cloves, cardamon pods, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Stirfry for 30 secs and then add the coriander stalks and stirfry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes.
3. add the chili powder and tumeric to the tomatoes and cook for one minute. Then add the sweetener, lental puree and 400ml water. Bring to the boil over a high heat. ( I left the water out as it wanted t thicker instead of soup like)
4. Discard the cinnamon stick, remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Scatter over the coriander leaves and serve hot.
I then grilled some cod until cooked through and flaked it on top for a little something extra.

for the bhajis and raita
1. Put the onions, sweet potato, gram flour, lemon juice, spices, chilli, fresh coriander and eggs in a mixing bowl. Mix well, season and leave to stand for 15 minutes.
2. Make the Raita, Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste and chill until you are ready to use it.
3. Preheat the oven to 220C and line a baking tray. Using your fingers, mix the sweet potato mixture again to combine thoroughly. Spoon 16 equal sized dollops onto the baking sheet, spray with low cal spray and bake for 15 -20 minutes until golden.
4. Scatter with mint to serve.


This meal has allot of ingredients and can seem to take awhile when you first make it, as you have to keep looking back to make sure you haven't missed anything but I think when the second time comes around, which it will, you will have it done in no time at all. It super yummy each on there own and together. Fish is obviously optional.


Has anyone else tried cooking from the Veggie Deluxe book?

recipe - Slimming World 
Syns - 2 per serving for the bhajis. rasam free

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