You know how you're making a recipe and it seems wrong and you doubt it's going to turn out but have no choice but to finish it? That's how this was. I doubted it the whole way. Why chopped parsnips as an ingredient? What taste would the lime juice at the end give it? Would the final be as bland as the taste I took in the middle of cooking it?
There was a lot of prep work for this, and mid-way through cooking it, I'd already written it off, mourning the time lost in chopping onions, garlic, jalapeno, ginger, parsnip, and cauliflower. But I finished it and un-enthusiastically dished it over Basmati rice.
And it was WONDERFUL! It was extremely flavorful, and the cooked red lentils gave it a near-creamy texture. The parsnips, along with cinnamon, gave it a nice sweetness. I loved it, and my omnivore husband really liked it too. My only complaint was that it wasn't spicy, so next time I make it I might add some red pepper flakes. I served it with Poppy Seed-Cornmeal Roti, which went great with it.