Warm, creamy, spicy, nourishing, and delicious curry. Tis exactly what this recipe is.
I know, I know. I am a little bit late to the rodeo. Winter has left us and spring has sprung (WHAT?), but I am a firm believer that it is ALWAYS a spectacular time to eat curry. Always.
That might have a little somethin’-somethin’ to do with the fact that I am chronically freezing 24/7. Even in 80 degree weather. It’s blasphemy I tell you, blasphemy!
Also, these photos are blasphemy. I really really really really rrrreeeaallyyy need to up my food photography game (and photography game in general) in order to produce awesome, drool-worthy pic. This sounds like deja-vu…. I really need to get my act together and learn how to properly photograph, dammit!
Life has been hectic and busy as of late, and as a result, the things that I love have been falling to the wayside. I have not been cooking and creating recipes. I have not been reading as often as I would like. I have not been practicing much yoga. But earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to be able to practice yoga with one of my favorite teachers. And in the very beginning of the practice, she asked us to think about what we are passionate about. That thing that sets your soul on fire. That thing you could do all day every day without feeling burned out or exhausted.
So laying there on my mat, I began to explore. What is it that I am passionate about? Midway through the practice, it suddenly hit me. As I was opening my heart to the sky in mountain pose, I realized my passion was for health, wellness, and helping others. Those are the things that most set my soul ablaze.
I am a nutrition nerd. I am fascinated by meditation, healthy eating, and yoga, and their affects on our minds, bodies, and overall quality of life. I love knowing that I have helped someone out or simply put a smile on their face. Beyond anything, I live to help, inspire, and aid others in whatever manner that may be. Whether it be through yoga, a simple compliment, extending love and kindness, offering nutrition advice, or even this blog. My ultimate goal in life is to be of service to others. Plain and simple.
But finding what you are passionate about is not the end of it. You then have to actually go out and do it. And chances are, you will still stumble upon many roadblocks. But that is when you have the beautiful opportunity to flex your resiliency muscles. You cannot allow these challenges to faze you or trick you into giving up on your passion.
And guys, I say all of this because this blog is one of my passions. I enjoy, almost more than anything, being in the kitchen, cooking, and posting recipes that inspire and encourage others to eat healthier. But I was soooooooo close to shutting this little bloggy down and giving up. I just felt like no one cared about my recipes or what I was trying to say. That my blog was not really doing what I intended it to do when I created it.
But then I thought about it. If I can reach out to just ONE person and make healthy eating more accessible/easy for said person, than this blog has served its purpose.
And so, I am sticking with it. No matter what. Even if it means I am a little slow to upload because of too much to do. Even if it means I only have one avid reader who makes all my recipes. I won’t give up. 🙂
Anyways, enough of that hokey-pokey ranty stuff (I have always wanted to use ‘hokey-pokey’ in a sentence). I feel as though it is mandatory that I direct this strange one-sided conversation back to this curry. This baby is chock full of nutrients and chock un-full (brain freeze) of icky additives and man-made crap. First off, we have sweet (and sexy) potatoes of the orange variety packed with tons of vitamins A and C, manganese, phosphorous, copper, and niacin, amongst other things. Fun Fact: Sweet potatoes are number three on my “Most wanted Foods” list.
Moving on. Lentils also pack a wonderful nutritional punch, not to mention are pretty high in protein. One cup of uncooked lentils yields a whopping 47.3 grams of protein. In case ya couldn’t do the math on that, this recipe features 1 1/2 cups of lentils, meaning there is around 71(ish) grams of protein in this curry!! Wowza.
Gainz for daysssss
That being said, please go out and make this delicious curry. Your gorgeous bod is in DIRE need of it. Whether you realize it or not.
Yup. Yeah. Uh huh. Yes. Biddy bop.
Alright guys, I am running out of things to say, as you can probably infer. So for now, it is bye bye, and pretty please make this recipe and fall in love with curry like I have. Adios, amigo(s)!!
Serves: 4 very hungry souls, or 6 somewhat hungry peeps.
- 1 medium yellow Onion, diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon finely grated fresh Ginger
- 1 tin Coconut milk, preferably full fat (don’t fear the fat!!)
- 2 cups diced tomatoes, (I used this one)
- 3 cups veggie broth- errr, whatever kinda broth tickles your fancy, I suppose. No judgements here. 🙂
- 1 ½ cups Lentils
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground Turmeric
- 2 small-to-medium-sized sweet potatoes, cubed
- Salt and pepper, to taste (I used about a teaspoon and a half of salt, I think?)
- Generous handful Cilantro, coarsely chopped
- lemon juice
- Rice of choice, I cooked about 2 cups of a wild-and-brown rice mixture
Heat a large sauce pan to medium-low heat. Once hot, add the oil (or a dash of broth for an oil-free version), along with the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, until onions are slightly browned, then add in the garlic and the ginger. Cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
Add the coconut milk, tomato sauce, broth, lentils, cumin, turmeric, and red chili flakes. Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add in the sweet potato cubes, salt, and pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally.
At this point, you can begin cooking the rice as you normally do.
Cook for about an hour, continuously checking the lentils and potatoes for done-ness.
Once everything is done, turn off the heat and add in the cilantro. Serve on a bed of rice. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and more cilantro to serve. See? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!