Curried Bacon, Lentil and Tomato

Neither a soup, stew or curry sauce for this Curried Bacon, Lentil and Tomato dish because it can be any of them. Add extra water to make a soup or keep the water down to make a stew. Add a bit less water for a curry sauce which should be somewhere between the soup and stew.

Every way produces a filling dish that is easy to make in the pressure cooker. It is quick to prepare too so the meal is soon on the table.

Just add some bread of your choice when serving. Any kind works though thick cut pieces from a crusty loaf are what I would often go for as a soup or a stew. Naan or chapatti if serving as a curry sauce.

Curried Bacon, Lentil and Tomato

Serves 2

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz Bacon
  • 400g/14oz can Plum Tomatoes
  • handful Split Red Lentils
  • 1-2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • Chicken Stock cube

Method

  1. Rinse the lentils, check for twigs then put into the pressure cooker.
  2. Cut the bacon into bite size pieces then add that to the pot.
  3. Empty in the can of tomatoes. I left them whole but chop if you prefer.
  4. Rinse the tomato can with water then add the water to the pot. It gets the last of the tomato out plus leaves a clean can for recycling. If making as a soup rather than a stew then add a second can of water to the pot. About half a can should be right for a curry.
  5. Add the garlic powder.
  6. Put in curry powder to taste. The exact amount will depend on the desired heat for the finished meal and the strength of the powder. Be careful if the curry powder is something that you have never used before. It could lead to a finished meal that is spicier than you intended.
  7. Crumble in the chicken stock cube.
  8. Put the lid on the pressure cooker to seal then place over a high heat until the weight is dancing. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the cooker from the heat and allow to stand for a further 10 minutes. Then check that the pressure has fallen sufficiently for the cooker to be safe to open. It should have done but be careful.
  10. Divide the soup/stew/curry between two serving bowls.
  11. Serve with a bread of your choice then eat and enjoy.

Notes

Use curry paste rather than powder if preferred. Vary the flavour of the finished dish with the choice of the curry mix.

For something more substantial then serve as a sauce on top of some boiled rice as a curry sauce. That certainly makes for a very filling meal. Snack on a few poppadoms while the sauce cooks as a starter

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