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Food blogger Adam Heard of Kook Channel blog knows that sometimes dinner can be a bit boring. If at the end of a long day your family wants something with pizzazz, his recipe delivers some sweet, a touch of hot, and a slap of tang. Imagine tender chicken bites in a delicious batter with a special secret ingredient that adds lots of delicious crispiness: red lentil puree.
Serve over a classic bowl of khichari (rice and more lentils) and you’ll have a hit on you hands!
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For the Firecracker Chicken:
1/2 cup (125 mL) of split red lentils
1 cup (250 mL) of water
3/4 cup (175 mL) of all purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) of whatever beer you’re drinking or plain water
3 tablespoons (45 mL) of Firecracker Sauce (below)
1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons (10 mL) of salt
1 pound of bite-sized chicken breast chunks
For the Firecracker Sauce:
4 habanero peppers or, if you prefer less spicy, 2 jalapeno peppers
4 cloves of garlic
1 cup (250 mL) of white vinegar
1/2 cup (125 mL) of ketchup
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of your favourite local honey
1/4 cup (60 mL) of olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 mL) of salt
For the Rice and Lentils:
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of butter
1 teaspoon (5 mL) of coriander seeds
1 teaspoon (5 mL) of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon (5 mL) of mustard seeds
1 cup (250 mL) of basmati rice
1 cup (250 mL) of split red or green lentils
4 cups (1L) of water
1 teaspoon (5 mL) of salt
1 handful of fresh cilantro
Pureed lentils are an excellent ingredient for fritter batter. They’re easy to cook, nutritious, and add unmistakable crispness to the works.
© Adam Heard, 2016