Before spring comes winter. And to start this post in a very trivial way I will say: And what a better way to overcome winter coldness than a plate of hot steaming lentil coconut curry?
Come on! I know there are maybe three hundred gamizillion dishes that would warm your heart and soul in the harsh blizzard reality outside, but this lentil coconut curry is special. It’s thrown together so quickly, you wouldn’t even notice you’re cooking. And it’ll make you really appreciate lentils. And coconut milk. And broccoli, and peppers and cilantro. Droooooooool! Aaaand it’s back in again.
I should really wear one of those things they put on babies when they eat, what are they called? It’s weird that I speak fluently three languages and I can not come up with the word in any of them. If you know the word, please contact me via pigeon post.
Well I wanted to say I should wear that when I’m writing a recipe post or whenever I’m looking at pictures of food on the internet. Oh my Goddess, people look at beautiful women, men, the latest news, cats, dogs, diseases (hello hypochondriacs)…and what am I doing? I’m looking at food. All. The. Time. Hello future fat housewife. I feel like an old lady with no cats, but with lentils. BIB!!! It’s called bib!!! Relieeeeveeee!!! I came up with it in Bulgarian (my mother tongue) and I actually never knew the word in German or English. So now I know – in German Lätzchen, in English Bib, and in Bulgarian: Ligavnik (лигавник). Yes, I should wear a bib! All. The. Time.
Now after this language lesson (you’re welcome!), let me teach you how to make this lentil coconut coconut curry and become the favorite person of everybody, you people pleaser. Oh and if you’re in fact a people pleaser – stop it! It will not bring you far and there won’t be any lentil curry left for you.
This lentil coconut curry is vegan, gluten-free, fresh and warms my heart. So be careful – share with others only if you really have to, in emergencies. And what is an emergency for me: If a bear got out of the zoo, ate my neighbors and I’m next. Yes in this case I will share the curry with the bear. And then it will be happy and will go peacefully to the woods, where it belongs. Of course with the recipe for the lentil coconut curry.
If you think bears don’t cook, you’ve probably never heard The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And you’ve probably never googled the image gallery for bear cooking. There were some really funny and adorable pictures.
But one thing shocked me a little. There was also a website with bear meat recipes. Well not ONE website…there are A LOT of them. Can you believe that people actually eat bear meat???? How is this even possible??? And how can you eat it? And doesn’t it taste extremely disgusting? So many questions, so little information and so much sickness in my stomach right now.
The only thing I know since I’m a little girl is that if you eat the liver of a polar bear you will die. Phew!!! So close! Thank God that the last time I met a polar bear in the street (last week) I didn’t eat its liver. I admit I had to hold myself back, because it’s I guess an instinct, a typical thing you do when you meet a cute playful white polar bear: “Oh, hey bear! Can you give me your liver as a snack, I forgot my sandwich.” Anyway the reason why you would die if you eat the liver of a polar bear – is because a polar bear’s liver contains toxic amounts of the fat soluble Vitamin A and this might poison you.
I’m kinda surprised at the turn this post has taken. Lentils, polar bears…now they’re connected forever in this post.
- 2 cups lentils (soak over night)
- 1 carrot
- 6 broccoli florets
- 2 peppers (red or green, whatever you have)
- 1 fresh onion
- a handful of chopped cilantro
- 8 lime leaves
- 2 tbsp red curry paste
- 1/2 cup coconut milk/cream
- Optional: Serve with rice
- Rinse the lentils after soaking over night and put into a large cooking pan. Cover lentils with water and cook for 10 minutes at first at high and after 2 minutes at medium heat. If you're using small red lentils you might need less time.
- In the meantime cut all the vegetables (carrot, broccoli, fresh onion, pepper) in stripes, chop cilantro.
- When lentils are almost ready (you'll have to try them) - add 2 tbsp of the curry paste. Stir in well and add the coconut milk afterwards. Stir in well and leave to cook like that for 3-5 minutes, while stirring from time to time. Try and add salt if you think you need it. If the lentils are not tender yet, add more water and cook while stirring a little longer. When ready continue to the next step.
- Add lime leaves, cook for 1 more minute and turn off heat.
- Add all the vegetables and cilantro in the end. Stir in well, cover the pan with the lid and leave like that for a few minutes.
- Serve with rice if you want.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
Besides being delicious and one of my favorite winter meals of all times – this lentil coconut curry is a good treat for your health and your beauty.
- Let me just say lentils. They’re high in fiber and in proteins – a perfect food for an athletic person (which sometimes I am), they lower cholesterol and contain a number of minerals like Zinc and Iron, which are important for hair and nail strength and a healthy skin.
- Then let’s talk about broccoli, that have been steamed for a maximum of 2 minutes here. Well they’re known to activate detoxifying enzymes in the liver, so they are actually good for detoxification and protect from cancer and other chronic diseases.
- Fresh peppers, just like broccoli, are loaded with Vitamin C, important for the production of collagen – the protein that holds the skin together. No Vitamin C – no skin elasticity, my friends!
- Carrot, like red peppers, is bursting with carotenoids, those tiny little antioxidants, that prevent cancer, skin damage, cardiovascular diseases and just do miracles for our health, fighting those free radical bastards.
And that’s just to mention a few. Seriously do yourself a big favor and make this lentil coconut curry.
Hope you like it and remember what they say about polar bears: they’re white and adorable, but their livers are toxic.