Easy One-Pot Meals: Turkey Dhansak

Having spoken to a few friends recently, I’ve realised that a lot of people don’t find cooking quite as relaxing or fun as I do. I also know that there are students that actually do uni work in the evening and cooking can take up a rather large proportion of their time. I would recommend making up large batches of food and freezing them, however I do know that freezer space is a valuable commodity in any student house! So, I have come up with a few recipes that can be left to bubble away without fear of being burnt leaving you plenty of time to go back to studying or doing whatever else it is you may do with your free time.

The first of my easy one pot recipes is turkey dhansak:

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
  • oil spray
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger, coriander, cumin and chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
  • 150g of turkey breast, chunked
  • 175ml chicken stock
  • 1/4 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 50g red lentils
  • 1 sweet potato, chunked
  • 1 carrot, chunked
  • half an onion, sliced

Spray a saucepan with oil spray and put on a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, chilli and turmeric and fry for another minute.

Add the turkey, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, stock, vegetables and lentils. Season and put over a low heat. Cover with a lid and leave for 30-40 minutes until the lentils soak up the liquid. Serve and enjoy.

Told you it was pretty easy. If you don’t like turkey, replace it with chicken or pork or whatever veggie substitute you use. This is the kinda of dish you can leave to simmer and come back to when it is done – i must warn you that if you leave it on too high a heat lentils will almost certainly burn on the bottom of the pan! If you so wish, you can even do work whilst it is cooking. So don’t tell me cooking is hard work when all you need to do for this is chuck it in a pot and leave it! Have a great day.