Sunday, February 5, 2012

Coconut Tomatoe Curried Lentils

One of my favorite things to cook and to eat is lentils. I love them because they are a good source of protein and there are numerous ways that you can enjoy them. This is one of my favorite ways to consume these delicious little lentil gems.

What you'll need:
2 cups dry lentils - you can use any kind, here I used green lentils
1/2 cup sweet onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
1 can tomatoes - use what you think will taste best
1 can coconut milk
2-3 tablespoons powder curry - depending on how strong you like it

First wash and then soak the lentils. I've found that you don't need to soak the lentils overnight. Soak them for an hour or two, in hot water, before cooking them and you should be fine.

While those are soaking, make sure you ignore the laundry that's been on the couch for a day and continue preparing the rest of the meal.

Chop up the onion, garlic and cilantro, then saute them in a pot together.

Once an hour or so has passed, the lentils should have expanded some. Drain the excess water and put the lentils in a pot with the onion, garlic and cilantro.

After a couple of minutes add the can of tomatoes, coconut milk and curry powder. 
You will also possibly need a bit of water to thin the sauce.

Lastly, bring the ingredients to a boil then turn the stove down to low and cover for 35 minutes or until the lentils are soft. When you uncover, the sauce should have reduced and the lentils should have become larger. Give it a taste, add what you think it needs, and enjoy!

I put mine with some nyeni and African corn bread which I didn't take a picture of for some reason.....sorry. Use your imagination, it was that good!

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