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🍛 Spicy Red Lentil Curry

Spicy Red Lentil Curry

🍽 Serves ⏲ Total Time
3 24 minutes

🧂 Ingredients

  • 🍛 0.67 cup dry red lentils
  • 🍚 some brown rice (optional)
  • 🥥 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 🧄 3 cloves garlic
  • 🍠 1 tsp ginger
  • 🥕 0.5 cup carrots
  • 🌶 0.5 tsp red curry paste
  • 🍅 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 🍲 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 💧 1 cup water
  • 🍁 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 🌿 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 🥥 0.33 cup coconut milk (optional)
  • 🌿 some cilantro (optional)
  • 🧅 some pickled red onions (optional)
  • 🫓 some pita or naan (optional)

🍳 Cookware

  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 large rimmed skillet

📝 Instructions

Step 1

Thoroughly rinse dry red lentils in a fine mesh strainer and set aside. If serving with brown rice (optional), cook at this time.

Step 2

Heat a large rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, garlic, ginger, and carrots. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 3

Add red curry paste and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 4

Add tomato paste, vegetable broth, water and stir to combine. Then add lentils, maple syrup, turmeric, and stir.

Step 5

Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat slightly to low (or medium-low), and gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Stir frequently to incorporate flavors, and add more vegetable broth as needed if the mixture becomes too thick.

Step 6

An optional (but recommended) step: stir in coconut milk (optional) for additional creaminess, and to balance the heat of the curry paste.

Step 7

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more turmeric for depth of flavor, coconut sugar for sweetness/flavor balance, or a pinch of salt for saltiness.

Step 8

To serve, divide brown rice (optional) and lentils between 2-3 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) serving bowls and garnish with cilantro (optional), pickled red onions (optional), and pita or naan (optional) for dipping.

Step 9

Store leftovers separately in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop, adding water as needed for moisture, or in the microwave.

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