Wednesday, March 25, 2009

sweet potato-red lentil-coconut curry!

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!

ingredients:
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!

38 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

SWEET POTATO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Indian food is my favorite, I'm always looking for new recipe ideas and this one sounds just great. Thank you so much!

Jenn said...

Oh, yum. I need an Indian food fix.
Your dish looks so yummy!

Sal said...

I'm a big lover of sweet potato in curry. YUM.

Lauren said...

Looks great! I am making a curry dish on Friday in my slow cooker. Gotta get one last use out of it before Summer comes! :)

allularpunk said...

i love all of those things too! sounds so gooooood.

A_and_N said...

That looks nice! It comes very close to a south Indian dish because it uses a different seasoning than garam masala....but as long as it tastes great and is nutritious...anything goes :)

jodye said...

Lentils, sweet potatoes, and coconut all in one dish! This look delicious!

jrsimon56 said...

Sweet potatoes are the best. And that bowl looks so fresh!

twoveganboys said...

YUM!

Veganissexy said...

Oooh you know this is going in my "to make" file. I love all of those ingredients too. Loooove coconut milk & sweet potatoes! I'm thinking this is a Sat. night dinner this weekend :)

Bianca said...

That does sound like a perfect combo! I've never actually had red lentils though, only the brown ones. I need to branch out with my lentil-ness.

be'ershevaboheme6 said...

I LOVE sweet potato curries! Ok, I love sweet potato anything...but they're especially good in curries..this looks great!

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Jes said...

Yums! That looks like the perfect recipe to use up some of my lentils with!

miss v said...

you rock my indian recipe world.

I ♥ puggies said...

I make something very similar but I have never thought to use sweet potato. It looks so delicious, I'll have to try it next time.

dsharp88 said...

I just bought red lentils and was wondering how I should cook them. Thank you!

Vegetation said...

Mmmm if it's got sweet potato or coconut I'm loving it and this has both (woo hoo!)

Ricki said...

Total fabulousness! Pairing my favorite veggie with my favorite cuisine. . .I'm in love. :)

BellaTrixx said...

that is definitely a combination of some of my favorite things!!! must make this weekend! yum!

shellyfish said...

Yet another Indian Cuisine-inspired Jessy recipe to make me even happier!!!! Rocking Jessy blog reading day! I love sweet taters and carrots and coconut milk together - wonderful!

tahinitoo said...

Oh oh oh! I love curries! And sweet potatoes. And lentils. And coconut milk. And Jessy's recipes!

River said...

I still haven't have a curry EVER! What's up with that? Yours looks so yummy that now I feel like an idiot for never having had curry yet.

Cynthia said...

Curry is a genius way to spice up lentils. I haven't had a curry in forever, yours looks super tasty.

chow said...

Definitely looks yummy! sounds yummy! Great idea to use sweet potatoes in curry, I'll have to try that next time. Thanks! :-)

cellophanestarr said...

I made this last night! I loved the sweet potatoes in this dish. So tasty. I halved the recipe & I still got 2 huge servings. Thanks!

potatoesnpeaches said...

I've always shied away from curries, but I made this and it was amazing! I made a friend of mine who's favorite food is curry eat some too and she loved it! Thank you!

jessy said...

cellophanestarr & potatoesnpeaches - thank you both so much for the rock'n feedback! we're most happyfaced that you both gave our recipe a try and that you all enjoyed it as well! thanks again for your kind words! :)

Jeremy said...

Can I seriously come over for dinner soon? ...... your recipe sounds so yummy.....

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Jackie said...

I found this recipe when searching for things to do with sweet potato. Made it tonight and it was lovely. Thank you!

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Melissa said...

Just made this for dinner and it was delish. Thanks!

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