Introduction: Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Coconut Curry With Spinach
This is one of those recipes you will make over and over and over again. As in forever. The first time we had it there was a unanimous, ‘holy moly this is good’ kind of conversation around our dinner table and then when I briefly lost the recipe, I pretty much descended into a low level state of panic that annoyed the hell out of all those around me for days (Ok maybe it had nothing to do with losing the recipe). Crazy.. but thankfully I found it and all is well in our world. With lentils, sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and spinach this is a super healthy, satiating meal that reheats really well. You can half the recipe but seriously I wouldn’t bother as you will be thrilled to open your fridge and see leftovers the following day.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 tbsp (15 ml) organic canola oil
2 onions, diced
2 tbsp (30 ml) grated fresh ginger
8 cloves of garlic, pressed
4 tsp (20 ml) curry powder
2 tsp (10 ml) ground cumin
2 tsp (10 ml) turmeric
1¼ (6 ml) tsp salt
2 medium orange sweet potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch (1.25 cm) chunks
1¼ cup (250 grams) red lentils
2 14 oz (398 ml) cans of coconut milk
2 cups (473 grams) water
2 cups (450 grams) packed chopped fresh baby spinach leaves
Cooked rice for serving
Step 2: Get Ready!
Chop your onions, grate your ginger and press your garlic by hand or use a mini food chopper, to speed up the process.
Step 3: Chop Chop!
Cut up your orange sweet potato (or ‘yams’ as our grocery stores in Canada incorrectly call them) and measure out the rest of your ingredients.
Step 4: Now You're Cooking!
Heat your canola oil in a large pot over medium heat and once hot add your diced onion. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add your grated ginger, pressed garlic, curry powder, cumin, turmeric and salt. Your house will be smelling marvellous! Stir to combine and saute for another minute.
Step 5: Almost There!
Add your chunks of sweet potato, lentils, coconut milk, and water and mix well. Bring it to a boil and then cover and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes until the sweet potato is tender and the lentils are done. Stir every few minutes to prevent sticking or burning. Uncover and stir in your chopped spinach. Remove from the heat.
Step 6: Voila! Delicious!
Serve over steamed rice. Delicious!!
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