Even with my substitutions this is an awesome dish. When I got to cook dinner I discovered that I was short on carrots and could not find cinnamon sticks nor cumin seeds in the pantry. I added in a parsnip with the carrots which added a touch of sweetness. I had a spice blend that listed the spices called for in the recipe. The onions were cooked as instructed and then 2 tablespoons of the spice blend sprinkled over. Basmati brown rice was used which expended the cooking time for about 10 minutes. After the rice was cooked and fluffed the lentils and potato mixture were stirred in. The end product was served with poppadums. Made for Aussie Swap.