23 August 2011

Coconut-Curried Lentils and Rice

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Happy Tuesday, folks! Today I have a special recipe to share, it's one of my all-time favorites from Supermarket Vegan, a cookbook by Donna Klein. Vegan or not, you should pick up this book, it is filled with delicious recipes, and I promise you that you won't even miss the animal product. Not only is this recipe good for you, it's also easy to make and tastes like it took all day.

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with juices
1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
1/2 cup water (plus more as needed)
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Rice of your choice, for serving

In a large, deep-sided non-stick skillet with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened (3 minutes.) Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, lentils, water, brown sugar, curry powder, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to low simmer on low heat. Cover and cook until lentils are tender but not falling apart, 40-45 minutes and stir occasionally. Stir in the cilantro and remove from heat. Serve over rice.

Question of the Day:
Do you cook ethnic food at home? If so, what kinds?


  1. I really like making lentil dhal, it's very simple and uses red lentils with fresh coriander(you guys call it cilantro I think) mixed in just before serving. I eat this with chapatis and a red onion, tomato and cucumber salad in lime juice.

  2. We are big on curries in our house so this recipe is right up my street. We have curry at least once a week but I could happily eat it every night! Definitely adding this recipe to my every-growing Culture Connoisseur 'must trys'!

  3. Looks delicious! I am proud to say that we're becoming more adventurous at our house, so we've been trying new things more often. My favorite new recipe so far has been Jenna's (eatliverun.com) channa masala. Woah. Made the house smell like a dream while it was cooking :)

    Thanks for another great recipe! I'm adding it to my plan for next week :)

  4. that looks fantastic. and yes, I cook a lot of Indian & Chinese dishes at home. I just love playing with flavors :)

  5. I don't like spicy food :( But I am open to anything else!! We love cooking and try all kinds of yumminess at my house :)

  6. Tasty! Thanks for the latest recipe. Yes, we cook all sorts of ethnic foods here. Cuban, Korean, Italian, Mexican, and occasionally, Thai. Speaking of which-if you come across an amazing Thai masaman curry recipe, please let me know, Mrs. Culture Connoisseur.


  7. I have so much to catch up on your blog! This looks so lovely, we eat a lot of lentils but i've never thought to "curry" them before, awesome idea Hannah!!!!!!!

  8. This look so good- I'll have to try it- we cook a lot of Indian and Thai food- so delicious and easy to make.

  9. Yum! I love lentils I am going to have to try this recipe! I love ethnic food. I do a lot of stir fries, and I really like Indiana food!

  10. I make curry on, like, a weekly basis. LOVE ethnic food. especially thai & indian

  11. that looks super yummy...and coconut is the best flavor in savory foods!! yum!

  12. i`m a greek living in Norway so i try to cook us often us i can some greek food to my family. rice and lentils is also a something my mom use to make - a bit different though. this one seems exciting and yummy. i might try it : )

  13. I'm a huge fan of coconuts, so I'm bookmarking this recipe!! I like to cook some filipino dishes from time to time. :)

  14. Yum! I've been dreaming of a tasty curry ever since I had my last one from an Asian restaurant in London. And, as this one is vegan, I just might have to make it!

    Is the coconut flavor super strong? I've got to admit, I'm not a huge coconut fan. :/

  15. Yum! I feel like this is something I would thoroughly enjoy! And I'm not a huge ethnic food cook. I should cook it more often though.

  16. Love lentils! Coconut curry sounds super yum!

  17. i wish i cooked some ethnic food at home :( i made wok last night (if that counts) and i love mexican food...but otherwise i dont :( but this looks yummy!

  18. this looks delicious! and your timing is perfect as i just told my husband we need to eat less meat, because cattle eat so much more in grain then they produce in beef. if we all just had a few less meat-free dishes every week, there'd be more grains to go around. :o)

    too off topic? ha!

  19. YUM! good job, mate :) I <3 coconut milk!

  20. This recipe reminds me of food in South India, lots of coconut cream! If you come to Fiji you'll be able to use fresh coconut milk for this dish ;)