Lentils are an excellent addition to a healthy diet, providing numerous health benefits. Rich in nutrients such as fibre, protein, iron, and folate, lentils offer a variety of advantages for your overall well-being.

Here’s my latest curried lentil recipe.

Curried Lentils 

Ingredients
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 1 x onion
  • 3 x portobello mushrooms sliced and chopped 
  • 1 x broccoli head chopped 
  • 100 grams x baby spinach and rocket 
  • 2 x cans lentils drained and rinsed 
  • 1 x can white beans drained and rinsed 
  • 4 tablespoons x Flavourista Backyard BBQ Spice
  • 4 tablespoons x Keens Curry Powder
  • Salt to taste 
  • Pepper to taste 
  • 2 x tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 2 x tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 300ml x vegetable stock 
  • 1 x tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 3 x tablespoons water 

Instructions

  1. Dice garlic and onion.  Fry using 2 tablespoons vegetable stock, until slightly brown and translucent.
  2. Add in all the remaining ingredients (except cornstarch and water).  Bring to boil.  Reduce to simmer for 45 minutes to 60 minutes.
  3. In a cup mix cornflour and water together until smooth.  Mix in with lentils to thicken.  Simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Serve on a bed of black rice and sliced baby spinach.
This recipe will keep in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 10 days and it is fine to freeze.

You can make this recipe even better by adding a can of coconut milk and simmer for two more minutes.

You can serve the curried lentils on roasted sweet potatoes.  I’ve found it’s another delicious way to eat them.  

Including lentils in your diet is easy and versatile. Here are a few delicious ways to incorporate them:

1. Soups and stews: Lentils are perfect for hearty, nourishing soups and stews. Their earthy flavor and hearty texture blend well with vegetables, herbs, and spices.

2. Salads: Lentils add a nutritious boost to salads, especially when combined with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette. They can be cooked and added to salads or used in sprouted form for added crunch.

3. Side dishes: Consider using lentils as a side dish for roasted vegetables.  You can season them with herbs and spices for added flavour.

4. Veggie burgers: Lentils are a popular ingredient for making homemade veggie burgers. Combine cooked lentils with breadcrumbs, onions, and spices, shape them into patties, and cook them on a stovetop, air fryer, or grill.

5. Lentil-based dips: Lentil-based dips, such as hummus or a lentil spread, are a healthy alternative to traditional dips. You can enjoy them with whole-grain crackers, sliced veggies, or as a spread on sandwiches.

Remember to soak lentils before cooking to help reduce cooking time and improve digestion.  If using canned lentils just drain and rinse.  

Incorporating lentils into your diet is a simple and delicious way to reap the health benefits they offer. Enjoy exploring the many culinary possibilities while nourishing your body with this nutritional powerhouse.
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