Friday, January 20, 2012

Curried Lentils With Sweet Potatoes

Curried Lentils With Sweet Potatoes

Yields 8 to 10 side-dish servings; 6 main-course servings.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded if desired, then minced

4 to 5 cups vegetable broth as needed

2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)

1 1/2 cups dried lentils

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Finely grated zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1/2 lime

Tamari Almonds for garnish if desired

**I also now add in 2 Tablespoons of Dried Coconut Milk powder right at the very end of cooking. YUM!!

1. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, garam masala, curry powder and jalapeno. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

2. Stir in 4 cups broth, sweet potatoes, lentils and bay leaf. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. (If lentils seem dry, add up to 1 cup stock, as needed.) Stir in salt and pepper, and continue cooking until lentils are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes total.

3. Just before serving, stir in cilantro, lime zest and juice. Spoon into a large, shallow serving dish. Garnish with almonds if desired and scallions.

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