The model whips up some of her signature dishes.
Red Lentil Dahl
400 g red lentils
1 can tomato
1⁄2–1 can coconut cream (coconut milk, if you want to be healthier)
500 ml vegetable stock (approximately)
(Add stock or cream to desired consistency and keep stirring)
Thumb-sized bit of fresh grated ginger
4 garlic cloves
A few handfuls of spinach
~1⁄2 tsp of each spice (ground):
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook gently for five minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and red chilli, and cook for a few minutes.
2. Grind the cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds lightly in a pestle and mortar, then add to the pan, along with the turmeric and garam masala, and cook for one minute.
3. Add the lentils, tomatoes (with juice), coconut milk, and broth/stock, then stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and cook on a medium/low heat for 15–20 minutes until reduced and thick. If you have time, you can leave it a little longer on a very low heat for even more flavor (just stir often and make sure it doesn’t scorch the bottom of the pan). Taste and add more chilli, if desired.
4. Stir in the lemon juice and spinach until it wilts.
5. Serve and garnish with coriander.
Lebanese cucumber (shredded and squeezed)
Mint (finely chopped)
Salt and pepper
1. Grate a Lebanese cucumber and squeeze to get out the excess moisture.
2. Add to a bowl with natural yogurt (about a cup, depending on your ratio and the size of your cucumber), lemon zest, mint, a drizzle of honey (I used golden syrup, as I didn’t have any), and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Stir.
Drizzle with olive oil and spices, including:
1. Preheat oven to about 220 degrees Celsius.
2. Slice eggplant—thicker will need slightly longer in the oven, but can create a more gooey texture, which I love. Learning from my mistakes, I would have almost just halved the eggplant or sliced into thicker chunks or strips.
3. Coat in olive oil and spices—I use ground fennel seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, chili flakes, and salt.
4. Bake on a lined baking tray in the oven for about 15–20 mins—oven and thickness dependent. Keep an eye on it.
1. Combine a cup of Basmati rice with about 1¾ cup of salted water, bring to the boil, add a bay leaf, some cloves, and turmeric.
2. Cover and simmer for about 15–20 mins until water is absorbed and rice is fluffy.
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