This lentil coconut curry is special. You’ll throw it together so quickly, you wouldn’t even notice you’re cooking.
It’ll make you really appreciate lentils. And coconut milk. And broccoli, and peppers and cilantro.
Droooooooool! Aaaand it’s back in again.
This lentil coconut curry is vegan, gluten-free, fresh and warms my heart. And it’s super addictive.
The first time I made it, I thought. That’s it. This is my meal.
It’s like a Thai curry, but with lentils. I love it.
So, what I’m saying is: be careful. Share with others only if you really have to. Say, 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 that bear. And then she will be happy and will go peacefully in the woods, where she belongs.
Of course, armed with the recipe for this lentil coconut curry.
Now, if you think…You’re stupid, bears don’t need recipes, they 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 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 can you do that? 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 because of vitamin A poisoning.
Phew!!! Thank God the last time I met a polar bear on the street I didn’t eat his liver.
I’m kinda surprised at the turn this post has taken. Lentils, polar bears…now they’re connected forever in this post.
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 protein – 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 has been cooked 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.
- 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. Taste 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 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.
Hope you like it and remember what they say about polar bears: they’re white and adorable, but their livers are toxic.