Even in a fully stocked kitchen, I can’t claim to be the greatest chef in the world… But I do love good food and try to eat healthily on tour – and on the cheap. With this in mind, I thought I’d share one of Nancy’s one-pot-recipes that has helped sustain me over these last few months.
Although trickier to track down than their green brethren, red lentils are perfect camping fodder. They’re nutritious, rich in protein and cook quickly – soak them in water while you’re pitching the tent and they’ll be ready even faster. Red lentils go well with basmati rice, a high carb, slow burning whole grain.
With this in mind, here’s a simple, tasty Curried Red Lentils and Rice Combo…
Start by putting a pot of water on to boil.
Chop up some fresh ginger.
Chop up some fresh garlic.
Chop up an onion.
If you like extra spice, chop up a little jalepeno pepper too.
Chop up some carrots/sweet potatoes/brocolli, small so they cook quickly.
Throw all this into the pot. Yep, at the same time. While you’re at it, add in the lentils and rice – white basmati cooks quicker. Easy, huh?
Mix in some pre-prepared tumeric, coriander and cumin (equal parts), or a curry powder you’ve bought.
Sprinkle in some salt.
Potter about for 20 mins, stirring occasioally. Have a stretch. Blow up your mattress. Fluff up your sleeping bag. My trangia has a nice simmer control, so won’t flay dinner to a blackened crisp if I get distracted.
Serve and enjoy… After a long day in the saddle, there’s nothing to beat camping food!
Variations on a theme:
Make sure there’s extra liquid and mix in some cous cous at the end, and let it sit.
If you chance upon some coconut milk, you can use two thirds milk/one third water for a lovely, rich flavour. Or even throw in some coconut milk powder you can find in health food shops.
Similarly, I use red lentils to bulk up instant Thai Kitchen rice noodles – a lightweight, relatively healthy and flavoursome pre-prepared noodle soup, costing just a dollar each. While the water is boiling, I add the same combo – red lentils, onion and some sweet potato – mixing in the sachets too. When the vegetables are tender, add in the rice noodles for a couple of minutes.
I’d be glad to hear of other simple, foolproof camping recipes (-:
I’m a big Trangia fan – it’s a simple and reliable cook system. Previously I travelled with the complete potset, but I’ve now moved over to the far lighter and more compact Clikstand, which uses the same burner. Or you can make your own, with all the tips you need over at Zen Stoves. The fuel – denatured alcohol – can be found in most hardware shops. HEET, the little yellow bottles of gas line antifreeze found in many gas stations, works well too.
Handy links for sourcing denatured alcohol around the world: