Hello guys!! Sorry for being away for so long.. To be honest this blog slipped my mind, as I was quite busy during this summer. Some things fun and others quite serious and draining.. Any who, during my time away, and having to cope with trials and tribulations, I did what I do best-COOK! The biggest stress reliever, along with painting and pottery!
This stew is a mix up of Caribbean and some Indian elements, especially as the lentils and spicing used are ones used predominantly by the South Asian community. This is an easy dish for those who want something cooked in under an hour, that is tasty, healthy and a one pot wonder for those who can’t be bothered to wash endless pots and pans afterwards!
1 Onion, peeled and chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic crushed
2 Bay leaves
1 Cup of Green Lentils, rinsed and put aside to cook(Or cheat and use canned lentils!xD)
Spice Mix(To taste)-
Coriander, Shahi Kala Jeera(Black Cumin Seeds),Smoked Paprika,Ghost Pepper, Ginger, Pimento Allspice Berries, Garlic powder to taste(Optional). Use a spice grinder.
2 Pork Chops-Seasoned with Hickory Smoke Powder, black pepper, dried thyme and salt.
1 Ripe Plantain washed,*peeled and cut into chunks
Fry the onions and brown the chops for at least 5 minutes in the same pan or separately.
Add the spices and fry for a further two minutes,and then incorporate the lentils and cover with water. Leave to stew on a rapid boil for at least 30 minutes if you are using dried lentils. Check the tenderness of the meat, as it will depend upon the thickness of the chop,how quickly the meat will tenderize. Use half of that time for the canned lentils, if they are tender enough.
Check seasoning and then add the plantain which should be cut into 2 inch chunks or how you prefer. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until the plantain is tender.
Serve hot with rice, roti or on its own with a salad or steamed vegetables. Disfrutalo!!
*PLANTAINS-Cut off the ends of the plantain after rinsing it under a tap. Then carefully hold the plantain flat on a chopping board.With the other hand, grip the knife with your thumb and forefinger at the top and side of the blade,but not at the end that is sharp.Trace the knife along one end of the plantain,until you reach the other end.There should be a clear split in the plantain! Peel the skin away from the plantain,by using your fingers to gently pull the away. It should reel off quite easily. Proceed to cut the plantain into chunks.