These lentils get their unique sweet and sour flavour from tamarind. Known as the ‘date of India’ it has both a sticky sweetness and also a tangy sourness. The aubergines are slightly crispy and add a beautiful texture against the silky lentils.
Chickpeas make a great vegetarian alternative when you have to cook for meat eaters. The sky is the limit when thinking about what ingredients to add with them, and once cooked they can be eaten hot or cold.
If you want to give your meat some extra flavour then the best way is to rub some herbs and spices onto it before roasting. This spice rub is a mix of wonderful aromatic spices that can either be rubbed on as they are or mixed with oil.
Asparagus is the first sign that Summer is just around the corner. You can use a veggie peeler to get thin ribbons to add to a salad, but I love to throw some flavours on there and then cook it on a griddle pan to get those char marks.