Curry and cumin are my all time favorite flavorings.  I LOVE this hearty lentil curry.  It’s great as a main meal as lentils are rich in protein.  It can also serve as a side dish to a full Indian menu.  Don’t let the list of ingredients phase you, this is an easy dish to make!  I need to give credit to my husband, Dave, who actually had this meal cooked and ready to eat when I got home from work.  We ate it as is in the picture followed with fresh fruit for dessert (sorry, it’s hard to make gloppy food look appetizing.. :), but would be great over wild rice or a bed of fresh greens.

Red Lentil Curry
Adapted from All Recipes.com
Makes about 8-12 servings

2 cups red lentils
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons curry paste
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger root, minced
1 (14.25 ounce) can tomato puree
Directions:
1.     Wash the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear (this is very important or the lentils will get “scummy”), put the lentils in a pot with water to cover and simmer covered until lentils tender (add more water if necessary).
2.     While the lentils are cooking: In a large skillet or saucepan, caramelize the onions in vegetable oil.
3.     While the onions are cooking, combine the curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, salt, sugar, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Mix well. When the onions are cooked, add the curry mixture to the onions and cook over a high heat stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.
4.     Stir in the tomato puree and reduce heat, allow the curry base to simmer until the lentils are ready.
5.     When the lentils are tender drain them briefly (they should have absorbed most of the water but you don’t want the curry to be too sloppy). Mix the curry base into the lentils and serve immediately.

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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.

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