i've been thinking about this recipe for a while now - just 'cause i love sweet potatoes, lentils, carrots, curry spice, and coconut milk. so i thought a combination of it all would be most delicious. at first this was to be a soup, not a curry - but we had all this brown rice to use up and we figured a curry to smother the rice sounded yummy. sure enough, it was! it was oh-so yummy - really, really yuuuuuuummy! mmmmmmmmmm! this recipe was easy to make, and rather inexpensive, too (gotta love that). we used up some more pantry items, and that always calls for a w00t!
3/4 cup uncooked red lentils
6 cups water, divided
3 large carrots, peeled & sliced into 1/2" "coins"
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 cup coconut milk (we used lite coconut milk)
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt, divided (use less if you like)
2" chunk 'o fresh ginger, peeled & grated
5 big 'ol cloves of garlic, crushed & minced
2 tsp fresh lime juice (optional. we just had 1/2 a lime kinda sitt'n around)
1 tsp peanut oil
what you'll need:
- large skillet + lid
- medium-sized pot
what'cha gotta do:
rinse the red lentils until the water is clear. toss the red lentils into the pot with 5 cups 'o water. bring it all to a boil then reduce the heat & simmer for 10-15 minutes (or until the lentils are tender). drain off any excess water & then set aside. while your lentils are making themselves awesome you can start on all the other yumminess...
place the curry powder, 1/4 tsp sea salt, turmeric, garam masala, and chili powder in the dry skillet (dry meaning without oil). heat skillet to medium & toast the spice until they become fragrant - remove from heat & set aside. return the skillet to the heat & add peanut oil. heat oil on medium-high, add onions & the other 1/4 tsp sea salt. saute the onions until they just start to brown - add in the garlic & ginger and saute for another minute. add in all the toasted spices, carrots, and diced sweet potatoes. saute for 5 minutes then add 1 cup water, reduce heat to low, and cover with lid. cook until the carrots & sweet potatoes are tender (about 10-13 minutes). stir in the cooked lentils & lime juice - then add in that glorious coconut milk. cook it all for another few minutes (about 3-5), adjust seasonings to your preferred taste, and enjoy!