Oh my goodness, I'm so frustrated!
A few days ago, I found a recipe for a lentil soup that called for garam masala, but I didn't have any on hand and I was looking for something quick then so I put it off.
Now I have had some time and wanted to make it, but I made the garam masala from scratch first. I've never done this before, and used this recipe (because I wanted items whole):
1/4 cup black cumin seed
2 large bay leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons green cardamom seeds
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mace
4 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 pinch ground nutmeg
(As an aside, I don't have mace, and I only have ground cumin. I was going to sub a pinch less nutmeg for mace, and guess on the equivalent ground cumin to the final powder.)
However, I cannot find the original recipe to save my life!
I'm curious if anyone can offer a simple lentil recipe that would go well with this mix?! I don't want to have to measure out a gazillion more spices when I've already got this made. I have red lentils, fresh ginger, coconut milk, lots of veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, kale, potatoes) available, but only a few tomatoes btw. I know the basic techniques, and veggies, but not the proportions. I'm not used to cooking Indian food often.
Any suggestions? Can you help please!!!