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The Curry Lentils of your DREAMS!!!

To anyone who argues you need meat and dairy to make things taste amazing needs to eat some food from India and the Middle East because they know how to do it.

This is soooooo flavourful and addictive. When I make this for dinner I literally wake up with drool because I am already salivating at stealing a morning nibble!

Another cool thing is this is such an adaptable recipe. It is easy and fairly fast cooking, low cost, make your own naan on a day off, buy it for a work night, puree left overs for a soup, add coconut milk one time. Like could this dish offer you more?!?

So before we go over the ingredients list I want to have a little side bar…. look, it is a lot of stuff. One reason I never cooked curry’s at home for so long is because of the amount of spices. But then I realized, I head out once-twice a year, pick them up (they are inexpensive mostly) I am good for deliciousness for a long while. I simplified this recipe a bit and chose spices that truly make a difference. Think of them as the dishes protesters fighting for what is right! Totally worth it! That being said if you have a curry powder you like or it’s all you got, this still works. But adding some of these other spices makes it sing and certainly makes it taste more authentic.

The List

Lentils 1 Cup Red Lentils

Coconut Oil 2 Tbsp

Garlic 2 Cloves finely chopped

Ginger 2-3 Tbs finely chopped or grated

Onion 1 small white or yellow

Gram Massala 1 Tbsp

Cayenne Pepper whatever you like! We like it toasty and did 1/2 a Tbsp

Cardamom 3-4 gently crushed with side of knife or mortar and pestle

Cinnamon Stick 1

Turmeric 2 Tsp

Star Anise 2-4

Black Pepper 2 Tsp

Salt 2 Tsp

Sugar or Honey or Agave (not maple) 1-2 Tbsp

Zucchini 1 Small cut into small pieces

Red Pepper 1 small cut into small pieces

Vegetable Bullion Cube 1

Fresh Herbs of Choice (Cilantro, Parsley, Mint, Green Onion)

The Method

Stage 1-Sautee and Toast

This is the moment you add almost everything to the pan and let them come together

On medium heat add Onion, Garlic, Ginger into the pot with the melted Coconut Oil. As those cook start adding your spices. Gram Massala, Cayenne Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon Stick, Turmeric, Star Anise, S&P and Bullion Cube. Stir. Now add the zucchini and pepper.

Stage 2-The Lentils

Rinse the Lentils well under cold water then add to the pot with the spices and veg. I like to toss them around and let them get coated in all that yums for about 2 min before adding enough water to cover the lentils by 2 inches. Lower the heat and simmer for 45 min

Stage 3-The serving and eating

I like to serve in a bowl topped with herbs and a side of warm naan and I do love this with mango chutney! My favourite herbs to top it with are Cilantro and Mint, but you do you and rock it how you would like cause I know how some people feel about cilantro, I am married to one!!!

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