Beef and lentil kofta curry

Creamy with a kick, this is another slight adaptation of an internet recipe liberation..


400g tin of lentils
1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
400 g quality lean beef mince
olive oil
3 large ripe tomatoes
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
2 spring onions
1 fresh red chilli
1 bunch fresh coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon runny honey
4 heaped teaspoons rogan josh curry paste
400 g tin of coconut milk
1 lemon

Put 2/3 of the lentils into a bowl with salt, pepper, the garam masala and mince. With wet hands, squash together and make small chipolata size meatball fingers. Put them into the frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, turning when golden.

Into the food processor put tomatoes, peeled ginger, trimmed spring onions, half the chilli, chopped coriander stalks, turmeric, honey, curry paste and coconut milk, then whizz until combined.

Add to the kofta pan, chuck in the rest of the lentils and heat until bubbling gently.

Serve with rice, green veg, lemon wedges and crunchy pappadams.