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Coconut Lentil Curry

December 11, 2008

This is a dish I prepare fairly frequently, which in our house means once per month or every several weeks. When Angeleen came over to learn soap making, I had a bowl of this in the fridge and we had some for lunch. She requested the recipe.

This is a dish that easily lends itself to change. If you don’t have regular brown lentils on hand, use green or red; if you want to make it vegan, use water or vegetable stock; toss some vegetables in towards the end of the cooking time, I’ve done sliced zucchini and also squash with good results and will try dried zucchini soon. The girls and I like to eat it with rice and Lawrence likes it without. It would be good served with a side salad or roasted winter squash or curried cauliflower on the side.

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 4 – 5 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups of lentils
  • 1 14-oz can of unsweetened coconut milk

Heat oil in heavy pot over medium-high heat; add onion and cook until it starts to brown, about 5 or 6 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook for about a minute. Add cumin through jalapeno and cook, while stirring, for about a minute.

Add chicken stock, lentils, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 or 25 minutes until tender. Serve with chopped cilantro if you are a cilantro enjoying type of person.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tonia permalink
    December 13, 2008 3:02 am

    Sounds tasty! I have some coconut milk in the cupboard and veg stock and lentils. and I think I am good to go for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  2. Tonia permalink
    December 13, 2008 2:30 pm

    Wow, this is good. I used olive oil instead of coconut oil. Thanks!

  3. Lisa permalink
    December 13, 2008 9:08 pm

    I’m so glad that you like it Tonia.

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