When making the Pappadums look for these lentils. (Urad dal is a black lentil but it’s white on the inside; you want the dehusked, white version.)
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The Barbecue chapter of the Entertaining book includes Vadouvan Spiced Mini Rolls – the vadouvan is a fragrant French-style curry powder. I always have a batch on hand, and use it in the lentil soup.