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Monday, January 30, 2017

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk

This has a delicious flavor.  Including both green and red lentils with the coconut milk give it a unique taste and texture.  (But you can use all red or all green and adjust timing accordingly.  Green takes longer than red.)  This recipe barely serves 3.  Double for some leftovers.  I love Basmati rice and this recipe goes well with it.  Find it at TJ's and follow the directions on the package.  Otherwise, I mix it half and half with short grain rice and cook it in the rice cooker.

Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
garlic cloves, minced
shallot or small onion, minced
tsp ground coriander
tsp cumin seeds or ground cumin
tsp ground turmeric
cup French green lentils,* rinsed separately from the red
13.5-oz can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
cup red lentils (they're really orange.)

kosher salt

Cooked basmati rice, plain yogurt, chopped fresh cilantro,

In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the ginger, garlic, shallot, coriander, cumin, and turmeric and cook, stirring now and then, until the vegetables are softened and the spices are very fragrant, about 10 minutes.
Add the green lentils*, coconut milk, and 1 tsp kosher salt, then fill the empty coconut-milk can with water and add it to the saucepan. It will look like a lot of liquid, but the lentils will absorb it as they cook. Stir everything together, turn the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let the lentils simmer for 10 minutes, stirring now and then.  Add the red lentils and cook until all lentils are completely soft, about 20-25 minutes more.  Just keep tasting to see when the lentils are cooked through. You may or may not need to add more water.  Season to taste with salt.
Serve the lentils hot over basmati rice. Top each serving with a spoonful of yogurt and a sprinkle of cilantro or mint. A side of naan is nice, too.

*I've found the French green lentils and red lentils in bins at Safeway.  TJs has bags of red ones.

This recipe came from here.   Food52 has been a great source for recipes lately.  Check them out.

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