The East Indian guy cooks for us

by soffiagudrun

Our friend from India came for a visit to Iceland. On our way to an East Indian restaurant we drove by a supermarket. So we decided to go buy food and have our friend cook Indian for us instead.This was his first visit to an Icelandic supermarket, he didn´t know what we´d be able to buy, but spontaneously bought a bit of this and bit of that.That was the best Idea we could have had because the food was super!
We bought:

  • Red lentils
  • Spinach, fresh
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • An onion
  • Red Onion
  • Chile and pepper season
  • Cumin seeds
  • Paprika (spice)
  • Sharwood Mango Chutney

NB. Make sure you use the cumin seeds not cumin powder.

DAHL made from red lentils

  1. Boil the lentils
  2. Put in a half a bag of spinach
  3. 2 tbs Garam masala, 2 tbs paprika and salt
  4. Added 4 tomatos and 1 onion roughly chopped
  5. In another small casarole he heated 1 dl veggie oil. Add 3 garlic cloves, chileflakes, 1 tbs cumin or so.
  6. After it had been heated in the oil for about 3-4 min, he put it to the lentils pot. Had it simmering for about 10 minutes. The texture is like a thick soup.

While it was simmering he made a Roti, East Indian flat bread. Flour, salt and luke warm water.

Put 1 cup flour in a bowl. Add about 1/2 cup luke warm water and bit of salt. Make a dough. Devide it into little balls and roll it out. (So it looks like a mexican tortilla)

Heat a non stick pan. Cook the bread on one side for few secons, flip over and cook for few seconds. Press it carefully to get air into it. Then again flip.

Here is a great video to see how it is done. I totally recommend you watch it if you wanna make this. It´s so easy. I make it all the time now.

I usually don´t use oil on the pan. She uses Ghee, but if you like you can use oil or butter.

I made the Raita.

  • 2 cups plain yougurt or greek yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • 1/2 tbs Garam masala or other good indian spice blends
  • About 2-3 tbs Maldon salt
Mix ingredients together, you can garnish with fresh cilantro and red chili.

Refrigerate the Raita for a bit. Serve it all with rice and Mango chutney.

So, so good!