Vegetable stew with chapattis

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For the stew

For the chapattis

  • 200g/7oz chapatti flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch salt
  • warm water, to bind
  • 1 tbsp black onion seeds


  1. For the stew, heat the vegetable oil in a pan over a medium heat. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil for 3-4 minutes, to soften.

  2. Add the spices to the pan and stir well. Add the cooked Puy lentils and tomato purée and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Stir in the spinach. Set aside.

  3. For the chapattis, mix together the flour, salt and enough warm water to form a dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.

  4. Divide the dough into 3-4 pieces, each the size of a small apple, and roll out into thin circles with a rolling pin. Scatter over the black onion seeds and press them down into the dough.

  5. One by one, dry fry the rolled-out dough circles in a frying pan on both sides until they start to bubble up and turn golden-brown.

  6. To serve, heat up the stew and serve with the two or more chapattis (keep any leftover chapattis for another meal).

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