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CURRIED LENTILS

Curried Lentils

CURRIED LENTILS
This is a rich and hearty one pot dish that is a delicious and satisfying main course; a crowd pleasing side dish; great warm or even cold with a salad; even the leftovers are wonderful! The spices give it an interesting flavor, with some minor heat. Feel free to increase the spices for more “heat”. The coconut milk gives this dish a creamy consistency, but you can also puree a cup or two of the mixture for an even smoother consistency, if you want. I sometimes mix green and brown lentils, or use just one of the other. This dish is amazing all by itself, and addictive right out of the pot and just off the spoon! Good food is like that sometimes! After making it once and finding my family loved this one, I find I can double the following recipe, as everyone is happy to eat up the leftovers. I served it to my husband with baby beets, string beans, and butternut squash- as you can see in the photo. I prefer to eat my curried lentils over freshly cooked basmati rice, as you’ll see in the photo below.  Betayavon!

Ingredients

  • Large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 2 t. peeled diced ginger root
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1-2 T. curry powder, depending on taste
  • 1/2 t. ground cardamon
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 t. dry mustard
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t. turmeric
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups dried brown lentils or French lentils, picked over and rinsed throughly
  • 2 medium carrots cut into coins
  • 3/4 cup green peas or corn or both, frozen is fine as long as they’re thawed
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • salt and pepper, according to taste

Supplies

Large cast iron pot with lid

Large spoon for stirring

Measuring cups and spoons

Curried Lentils over Basmati Rice

Creamy Curried Lentils with Basmati Rice

Instructions

Sauté onion, garlic, and ginger in olive oil, allow flavors to blend, about 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir the vegetables, and add the spices, stirring for 1 minute. Add the water, and bring to a simmer. Add lentils, cover, and simmer approximately 30-40 minutes, until lentils are soft. Remove the lid and add the carrots, cover, and cook until the carrots are tender, about 5-10 minutes. Add the peas, coconut milk, salt, and pepper to taste. Uncover the pot and simmer about 10 more minutes, unit all the flavors are combined. Serve hot or warm.

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