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A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT (vegan/vegetarian)

A ​meal from THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala (vegan/vegetarian)

"[…] he relaxed around Kunal, answering his questions as he fried up more lentil cakes. […] But he knew that she loved mangoes […] “

Fried Lentil Cakes (4 servings)

In a bowl, combine: 1 cup lentils (cooked) + 1 cup basmati rice (cooked) + 1 cup fresh spinach (chopped) + ¼ cup shallots (finely chopped) + 1 tbsp crushed garlic (about 4 cloves) + ½ cup cilantro (chopped) + 2 scallions (finely chopped) + ¼ cup fresh mint (chopped) + 1 tsp ginger (crushed) + ½ tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt. Transfer mixture to food processor and mash until you obtain a thick paste.  Make small patties and sautée them in a lightly oiled skillet until brown on both sides. Serve warm with a side of plain yogurt.

Mango Mousse (4 servings)

Whip 1 cup heavy whipping cream until stiff (peaks should form). Set aside. Place the flesh of 4 mangos in a food processor until smooth. Fold 2 cups mango purée into the whipped cream until well combined. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Serve cold with slices of mango.

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