Easy Eats: Red Lentil & Vegetable Curry
This low-fat meatless main course is a deliciously healthy way to get your day’s worth of veggies in! We loved this meal with a side of yogurt and chutney, bit it is also wonderful served over a bed of rice or wrapped in a tortilla shell to be eaten burrito-style. Adding chicken or pork could make a heavier meal, which would be great for a fun spin on taco night!
What’s so great about this recipe (besides the fact that it’s easy because it’s cooked in a crockpot!) is that the recipe can be either cut in half or easily doubled. It freezes very well so we suggest making the full recipe and then freezing any leftovers you have for later in the week or for lunches.
Want a new flavor? Simply substitute the water with a chicken broth or add in peppers or cayenne for a spicy addition to this tasty creation.
Hosting or attending a party? Simply serve this dip with pita chips and we guarantee everyone will think this meal is store boughten. The options are endless with this Easy Eats Recipe, so let us know how you decided to perfect it!
- 1 Lb. Dried Red Lentils, picked over and rinsed
- 1 Onion, cut into ¼ inch diced
- 3 Celery Ribs, cut into ¼ inch diced
- 3 Carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch dice
- 2 Cups Zucchini, cut into ½ inch dice
- 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
- 1 T. Garam Masala
- 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp. Ginger
- 4 Cups Water
- Fresh Cilantro (Optional)
- Place lentils, onion, celery, carrots, zucchini, coriander, cumin, garam masala and ginger into crockpot.
- Add water and stir well.
- Press mixture down so most of it is covered by water.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until lentils are tender.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro.
- Serve with yogurt.
Any veggie will do!: Tailor this recipe to any vegetables you like. Try potatoes, yellow squash or green beans, just keep the amount about the same as called for in the recipe.
Don't lift the lid: Lifting the crockpot lid to check on the food breaks the seal and adds about 20 minutes to the cooking time.
Know your lentils: The main differences between red and green or brown lentils are red cook faster and are mushier since their outer shells have been removed.