For a very long time I hated lentils. They reminded me of boarding school in primary school where we ate yellow lentils (dal) almost each week with chapati. If you went to any typical Kenyan boarding school, I’m sure you are rolling your eyes at me thinking how vain I am if my boarding school trauma stories include chapati hehe . The boarding school I went to in primary was pretty decent and the food too was good. We ate cornflakes and oats for breakfast they even served us sausages once a week. For lunch and dinner we’d get chicken, chapatis, beef and once in a while we’d even have barbecues. But with all that we thought the food was shit. We’d whine about how bad the food tasted, or how horrible the variety was. I was the “poor kid” in school so then rich kids would talk about how they had pizza every Friday in their homes and they’d all eat together as they listened to their 7 cd changer. LOL Gosh I’d look at these kids and wonder why pizza in our home was had maybe 3 times a year. What wrong did I ever do to God to deserve my parents, I used to wonder. Gosh “wana nì ta ùthongo we say in my tribe directly translated to “being childish is like being a white person” ( no pun intended ) in the olden days there were very few white people who were deemed to be delicate and unknowing to our cultures. So being childish was like that. Anyway one of the horrid meals we used to have was Dal and chapati. I remember how yellow this dish used to be. I hated it. I could barely eat it most times and my friends and I would have rather steal the chapatis from the dining hall (food was not allowed outside or in the dorms) and go eat it in the dorm. Now here is where it gets interesting. What we’d eat the chapati with. No it wasn’t juice or the famous “mkorogo” (mixture made from margarine, sugar and cocoa) it was far worse. We’d spread Aquafresh on the chapati and eat. Not any other toothpaste Aquafresh. And it was darn tasty. We’d do this week after week and we enjoyed it even more as time went by. Thinking of it now, that was the most disgusting thing ever. I wonder who discovered that combination anyway. Dal boiled in tomato juice would probably taste better now than a combination of Aquafresh and chapati. Anyway you can see what my hate for lentils pushed me to and so last year when the Mr asked me to make him Kamande I was like “who now? Me? Naaah aaah” then he insisted and I had to oblige. I’m glad I did coz I discovered an amazing recipe. This recipe is super easy especially if you tend to store lots of boiled lentils in the freezer. The recipe is also versatile and works with legumes like beans and green grams too. Let me know what you think of it.