Lentils are – arguably – to plant-based eaters, what steak is to meat eaters. Ha! How controversial was that?! What I mean is that plant-based eaters enjoy the same kind of heartiness, and comfort from well-cooked lentils. We may have different opinions, but it was something I noticed when I stopped eating red meat. Lentils are a staple in our home, and are quite versatile . But what better way to enjoy this legume, than by creating a wonderful curry?
Pair it with our amazing coriander rice, and you’re in business! Perfect for when you’re having guests over, this meal comfortably serves 8.
Comforting Lentil Curry
This lentil curry is tasty, comforting, and super satisfying.
Place oil in a large, tall, heated pot. Add diced onion, garlic and ginger paste, as well as crushed garlic to the heated oil. Allow onions to braise until golden brown.
Add tomatoes and cook until soft.
Add lentils, tomato puree, salt and spices, together with 4 cups of water, to the pot. Bring the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
After half an hour or so, check on the lentils. They would have expanded significantly in size, and absorbed the water. Add 2.5 cups of water at this point and continue to simmer for approximately 40 more minutes or until desired softness is achieved. We like ours soft, but still whole, and the specified time seemed to do the trick.
Garnish with coriander prior to serving. Coriander rice and tomato salsa optional, but highly recommended! 😉