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Chetna Makan stole our hearts during Season 5 of “The Great British Bake Off” with her flawless technical execution, and thrilling flavor combinations. A native of central India, Makan’s culinary prowess goes far beyond baking as proven by the release of her third cookbook, “Chetna’s Healthy Indian.” In it, Chetna reveals how much her two children love this rich lentil dish in particular, and cooking the black lentils slowly over low heat brings out their flavor, as well as that of black cardamom (one of her favorite spices). The dish can be served as a side or vegetarian main course—a perfect healthy lunch that tastes even better the next day, so be sure to make a little extra. Chetna recommends serving with rice, naan, or chapatti.
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Recipes excerpted with permission from Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Everyday Meals. Effortlessly Good for You. by Chetna Makan, published by Octopus © March 2019. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.