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Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 pound red lentils (about 1 1/4 cups), picked over and rinsed

  2. One 14 1/2-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth, or homemade, skimmed of fat

  3. 1 cup water

  4. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  6. 4 garlic cloves, minced

  7. 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin seeds

  8. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  9. 1 large tomato, seeded and finely diced

  10. 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped

  11. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

  12. 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt

  13. One 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

  14. 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated

  15. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  16. 1 tablespoon mustard seeds

  17. 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (see Note)

  18. 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  19. 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chile powder or cayenne pepper

  20. Eight 4-ounce skinless chicken drumsticks, trimmed of excess fat

  21. 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala (see Note)

  22. Cilantro yogurt

  23. 3 cups (loosely packed) fresh cilantro leaves (from 3 large bunches)

  24. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  25. 3/4 teaspoon salt

  26. 1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  27. 1/2 cup sour cream

  28. Peach Chutney

  29. 4 green onions, chopped

  30. 1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar

  31. 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

  32. 1 3/4 pounds peaches (about 4 medium), peeled, halved, pitted

  33. Roasted vegetables

  34. Nonstick vegetable oil spray

  35. 2 1-pound eggplants, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch cubes

  36. 6 tablespoons corn oil

  37. 1 1/4 pounds medium zucchini, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

  38. 3 large red bell peppers

  39. Couscous

  40. 2 tablespoons corn oil

  41. 1 medium onion, chopped

  42. 1 tablespoon curry powder

  43. 3 cups water

  44. 2 cups (12 ounces) plain couscous

  45. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted salted cashews

  46. 1/4 cup dried currants

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine lentils, broth, water, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan; add garlic, cumin seeds, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

  3. Remove the lentils from heat, and stir in the garlic mixture, diced tomato, mint, and salt. Serve warm. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt with the ginger, garlic, lemon juice, mustard seeds, garam masala, kosher salt and chile powder. Using a small, sharp knife, make shallow 1-inch slashes in the chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

  4. Light a grill, heat a grill pan or preheat the oven to 450°. Remove the chicken legs from the marinade, wiping off all but a thin layer. Grill the chicken legs over moderate heat, turning occasionally until browned and cooked through, 30 minutes. Alternatively, roast the chicken legs on an oiled baking sheet for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Transfer the chicken legs to plates, sprinkle with the chaat masala and serve. For yogurt: Combine cilantro, lime juice, and salt in processor; blend to coarse puree. Transfer to medium bowl; mix in yogurt and sour cream. Season with pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

  5. Make peach chutney : Combine onions, currants, vinegar, and ginger in medium bowl. Cut peaches into 1/3-inch cubes. Add to onion mixture and toss to coat. Cover; chill at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours, tossing occasionally.

  6. For vegetables: Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Mound eggplant cubes on 1 sheet; drizzle with 4 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Spread out evenly. Mound zucchini on second sheet; drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Spread out evenly. Roast eggplant and zucchini until golden and tender, turning occasionally with spatula, about 25 minutes for zucchini and 50 minutes for eggplant. Transfer vegetables to bowl and cool.

  7. Meanwhile, char peppers directly over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag; let stand 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Cut 2 peppers into 1-inch pieces. Thinly slice remaining pepper and reserve for garnish.

  8. For couscous: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté until soft, about 6 minutes. Mix in curry powder; stir 1 minute. Add 3 cups water; bring to simmer. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer curry water 10 minutes.

  9. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large pot. Add couscous and stir constantly until color darkens and couscous is toasted, about 3 minutes.

  10. Mix in hot curry water. Turn off heat, cover pot, and let stand until couscous is tender and curry water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork to separate grains. Mix in cashews and currants and cool completely. Mix in eggplant, zucchini, and bell pepper pieces. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

  11. Mound salad on large platter; garnish with reserved bell pepper slices. Serve with cilantro yogurt and chutney.

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