Category Archives: Indian

Lentil Adobo Stew

I have made chicken adobo before and suggested you could make it with tempeh, but this is a totally low fat, veggie and lentil based version that is so tasty and nourishing. You could have additional broth for a stew/soup, or if you want it dryer like mine in the photos, you can serve in romaine lettuce leaves as is, with added avocado, or with hummus and steamed potatoes as I did. Sounds weird, but tastes so good. The crunch plus creaminess is fantastic.

 

You need:

Carrots

Bay leaf

Garlic

Celery

Vegetable broth

Brown lentils

Peppercorns

Vinegar
I used the instant-pot to make these, simply combining all ingredients and putting it on the bean/lentil mode. Alternatively, combine all in a pot on the stove and simmer for 15-20min until lentils are soft, that is it! 

Enjoy!

Split Pea Pumpkin Curry

Easy, flavorful, filling, cheap, vegan. I simply loved this dish. The complimenting textures of potatoes and kabocha, plus the creamy nourishment of yellow split peas. Yummmmy! This is a much less oily version than restaurant pumpkin curry, and is what I consider comfort food 🙂 I will be making this again soon!

You need:

Yukon gold potatoes x3, cubes

1/4 kabocha squash, cubes

3/4 cup split yellow peas

1 cup water

1/2 cup coconut cream

1 small yellow onion chipped

3 lg cloves garlic, smashed

1 heirloom tomato

3 Campari tomatoes

Cayenne- to taste

Turmeric, 2 tsp

Cumin, 1 tsp 

Coriander, 1 tsp

Ginger 1/2 tsp 

Nutmeg 1/8 tsp

Cloves, 1/8 tsp

Curry powder 2 tsp

Black pepper 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste
Essentially all you need to do is sauté the onion and garlic until softened (could do oil free, but some nonstick spray enhances the flavor), throwing in your spices at the end when you turn off the heat. If you have and instantpot you can sauté in the pot and then simply throw in all the other ingredients on top! Use the bean/legume setting for 15 minutes! Alternatively, a covered simmering pot on the stove will do, you will sit likely need to simmer longer to soften your veggies and split peas.

Once done, throw in 1 cup frozen green peas and stir in until simply warmed through. This delicious dish is fantastic leftover, and lasted me up to a week in the fridge. Also this one seems to thicken up the next day, enriching the flavors as well 🙂 Serve with rice, garnish with avocado, fresh parsely, and green onion, and enjoy!

Simple Black Lentils

Another lentil instant-pot creation. I saw these black lentils in the store and simply had to try them. I simply combined all ingredients in the instant-pot and used the 15min lentil setting. Alternatively, simmer all in a pot on the stove for 15-20min, or until lentils are soft! The combo of creamy coconut with tangy tomato is so good! To make matters even more delicious, I served with some steamed kabocha and some quinoa. So full of protein and flavor!

 

You need:

2/3 cup Coconut milk

1 Onion sliced

3-4 tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup Lentils

2 cups broth or water

Black pepper 1/4 tsp

Turmeric 1 tsp

Cumin 1/2 tsp
Kabocha steamed

 Quinoa cooked

 Avocado to serve
Enjoy!

Lentils With Sweet Potato and Collards!

Yum, this turned out great first time around! I just love my Instant-Pot, seriously makes cooking all grains and legumes effortless. But you can make this on the stovetop as well. I used a big ripe heirloom tomato, but you could used canned tomatoes as well. This recipe is so savory, filling, and satisfying, the perfect end to a day 🙂
You need:

1/2 cup green lentils, washed and sorted

1 large heirloom tomato, sliced

1/2 large leek

2 cloves garlic

Pepper to taste

Turmeric 1tsp

Cumin 1/2 tsp

Ginger 1/2 tsp

Sweet potatoes (3 small/med), lightly steamed 

1/2 large bunch of collards, washed and chopped

2 cups water

Cook for 15 minutes in an instant-pot or pressure cooker (on legume setting), or simmer on a stovetop for 15-20 minutes  or until lentils are tender. Easy and delicious.
I served mine over spelt berries (cooked with lemon juice, salt, pepper), but any grain of choice will do!

Serve with some avocado or hummus for some healthy fat, and garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Enjoy!!!

One Pot Red Lentil Curry 

Super simple and delicious, lentils are a powerhouse of protein, iron, and other nutrients, and sustain many people all around the world! These soft, flavorful, savory lentils are like a comfort food that sticks to your ribs and satisfies! For this recipe I used an Instant Pot, but this would be easy on the stovetop too.

You need:

6 tomatoes

1.5 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained 

1 onion chopped

 4 cloves garlic crushed

4 zucchini chopped in largepieces 

3 stalks kale washed and chopped 

Celery 2 lg stalks chopped

Optional additional veggies like peas or potatoes

1 jalapeño minced

Water to cover lentils

Turmeric 1 tsp

Cumin 1/2 tsp

Coriander 1/4 tsp

Clove 1/2 tsp

Curry powder 1 tsp

Black pepper  1/4 tsp

Almond milk 2/3 cup

Parsely to garnish 

Method: 

Sauté garlic and onion in a large pot until soft ana fragrant. You can use oil of choice or simply some water to sauté them in. Then all all your spices and jalapeño. You could add a dash of salt too if desired. Sauté for another additional 2-5 minutes. 

Next add all your veggies, except zuccini. Since those get soft so quickly, we will add them later. Let them cool down over medium heat until kale is wilting slightly. 

Then add your lentils, almond milk, and water to cover the lentils. Now we can either use the instant pot bean setting for 15minutes, or simmer  on stovetop for the same amount of time, or until lentils are soft, adding in the zucchini for the last 5 minutes of simmering until just tender.

Then you have a giant pot of goodness that can last you for some meals. Serve over rice, serve in a bowl with whom rain bread for dipping, or serve in romaine leaf “boats” for a lighter but very nutritious meal or snack. 

Enjoy!

Butternut Red Lentil Soup

This recipe is actually a hybrid of my Aunt’s lentil soup and dal recipes, that I blended then added in some creamy butternut squash to make this red lentil, butternut squash soup. I loooove middle eastern flavors and still dream about the delicacies I tasted that summer I spent with my Aunt in Bangladesh, so for me this is like bringing a little taste of that heaven home.  Savory/spicy dal meets sweet mishty kumra, but in soup form for our rainy winter :). For me, this was an instant classic, and one I won’t feel badly about downing bowls full 😀

You need:

1 cup dried red lentils

1 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

Turmeric 1 tsp

Coriander 1/2 tsp

Cumin 1 tsp

Cloves 1/2 ts

The flesh of 1 roasted or steamed butternut squash

Oil/butter/ghee of choice 1tsp

3 cups water or vegetable broth

Begin by sautéing your onion, then garlic, then spices in oil of choice. Add spices once onions and garlic are translucent and soft and turn off heat while sautéing the spices. Meanwhile boil your lentils with a pinch of salt and water (or broth), simmering about 15-17 minutes until lentils become soft. Next to assemble, I recommend blending the squash, lentils, and all seasoning components together in a high speed blender or food processor. Always blend in small batches with a way for heat to vent out of the top. Once all are combined you have a thick, creamy, fragrant soup to pour into bowls. This recipe made enough for SEVERAL full bowls full (leftovers of my dreams!). Garnish with a little plain yogurt or coconut milk on top. Other suggested garnishes/accompanying foods include steamed broccoli and crumbled!  I also have a strong penchant for a dash of crushed red pepper right on top your your creamy topping 🙂
Enjoy!

(I forgot entirely to take prep pictures, most likely because I was busy making this fantastic fruit plate as I was cooking, yum!)   
    
    
    
   

Vegan Potato Pea Curry

This turned out delicious! I think the key was that pinch of cardamom– it took the flavor richness to a whole ‘nother level! And while usually I kick everything up a notch spice-wise, as I made this for a non-spicy eating friend, I used scant crushed red pepper, and it really allowed the more subtle flavors to come out richly. So lesson learned, and I WILL be making this again, very soon!!

You need:
4 medium potatoes chopped and steamed for 15minutes until almost cooked
8 oz Frozen peas, thawed
6-8 baby carrots, lightly steamed like potatoes above
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch ginger, minced
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup almond milk
Cardamom, pinch 
Dash crushed red pepper
Cumin 1/4 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Curry powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander 1/4 tsp
Dash salt

Coconut oil spray a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, until lightly browning and transluscent.  Add your tomatoes and all spices, stirring until tomatoes soften and begin to reduce. Then add in your carrots, peas, and potatoes. Pour in the almond milk, and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  Serve over brown rice. Enjoy!!!