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What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is not a common ingredient used in traditional Indian cooking, but rather an invention of the British to evoke the flavors of Indian cuisine. The term “curry” in Indian cooking refers to a sauce or gravy served with vegetables or meat. (source)
How to Make Coconut Curried Golden Lentils
This dish comes together in about 20 minutes from start to finish, thanks to the quick cooking time of yellow lentils (which I’ve found to be very similar in texture and cooking time to red lentils).
Once the sauce is seasoned, add your lentils and stir. Finish with a bit more seasonings and some fresh lemon juice and “POW” – you have beautiful curried golden lentils!
Since creating this recipe, we’ve learned that this dish is similar to a staple Sri Lankan dish called Parippu made with red lentils, coconut milk, and spices. How fun!
Friends, I hope you LOVE these lentils. They’re:
Hearty + Satisfying
& Seriously delicious
And while delicious on their own, I think these would pair incredibly well with my Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry, Avocado Sweet Potato Green Salad, Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Curried Beet Soup with Chickpeas, and our Vegan Naan.
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Coconut Curried Golden Lentils (20 Minutes!)
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups golden (yellow) lentils* (rinsed and drained // or sub red with similar cook time or green with longer cooking time)
COCONUT CURRY SAUCE
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or water)
- 1 small shallot (diced // optional)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced // ~2 Tbsp as original recipe is written)
- 2-3 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 heaping Tbsp curry powder (DIY or store-bought)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (for heat – omit if you don’t like spice)
- 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk (DIY or store-bought canned)
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup (plus more to taste // or sub stevia)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Note: Soaking lentils is optional but can improve digestibility and speed cook time. See notes for tips.Bring water to a boil in a large pot or saucepan. Add lentils and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook lentils uncovered for 4-5 minutes or until just tender. Then drain and set aside. Be careful not to overcook or they can become mushy (cooking time will vary by variety of lentil – check package for instructions).
- In the meantime, heat a large rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil or water, shallot (optional), garlic, and ginger (start with lesser quantity, and add more to taste as desired). Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add salt, curry powder, turmeric, and cayenne and cook for 1 minute more. Lower heat to low.
- Add coconut milk and coconut sugar (or maple syrup) and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes to combine the flavors (see photo).
- Add the (well) drained, cooked lentils (see photo) to the coconut sauce and stir. They will likely need more seasoning at this point. I added a bit more salt, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne, and coconut sugar because I like big flavor. But season to taste.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amounts of coconut milk and coconut sugar.
*Method adapted from the talented Sprouted Kitchen.