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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!

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!)