A big part of moving to Tanzania has been spending a lot of time googling “how to make ‘x’ from scratch. There is no such thing as instant or pre-made here. Well there is a few things you can find but be prepared to shell out 4 or 5 times the price in the States. Not doable on my budget.
Then in the beginning of October I moved to much more modest housing, which cut my expenses down drastically. I don’t own a refrigerator, a freezer, or a traditional stove/oven. My “kitchen” now consists of two gas burners. So welcome to the first recipe post from the “two burner kitchen”.
Lentil- Veggie coconut curry
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
- salt to taste
- a pinch of dried red chili flakes
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup dry yellow lentils
- 3 large carrots, cut into strips
- 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup coconut milk (or 1/2 cup water mixed with coconut milk powder)
- Heat pot over medium heat with water, oil, garlic powder, ginger powder, cumin powder, curry powder, red chili flakes, carrots and lentils, bring to a boil and then reduce slightly for 20-40 minutes (until lentils are tender) Add salt to taste.
- In a separate pot, boil the cauliflower and broccoli until tender (around 5 minutes) and then drain
- Add tomatoes and the cauliflower and broccoli to the lentil pot. Let boil together 3-5 minutes.
- Serve over rice**recipe greatly adapted from here based on what I had/could get
Just as another little peek into life in Tanzania, this is where I wash dishes.
Blue is the soapy/wash bucket. Brown is the rinse bucket. Then I dry them and the hang out on that bench. The big green bucket is where I keep my water. The red bucket with the tap is my water filter.
Welcome to my kitchen!