Lentil Curry

Lentil Curry with Quinoa

In India, spices and herbs are commonly used in the kitchen. In dishes that do not include meat, they are especially important because they add extra flavor. This lentil curry is an excellent option for those nights when you crave comfort food with a pinch of spice.

Lentils are highly nutritious because they are loaded with protein and give you a sense of satiety without making you feel heavy. Quinoa is also high in protein and pairs well with lentils. You can buy pre-cooked lentils to speed up the preparation time, and if you like bringing food to work, you can easily store this curry in the fridge, and enjoy it for three to four days.

  •  Servings: 2
  •  Ready In: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups yellow/red lentils

  • 1/2 cup quinoa

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 3 cups vegetable stock

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Instructions
  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.

  2. Place a large pot over high heat and add extra virgin olive oil.

  3. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook until the onion is translucent.

  4. Add the spices and sauté for around 5 minutes.

  5. Add the lentils and stir to let them absorb the spices.

  6. Add the tomato paste and stir.

  7. Add the vegetable stock.

  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  9. Let the vegetable mix cook for around 30 minutes. If the lentils get dry, add more liquid.

  10. While the vegetable mix is cooking, place the quinoa in a small pot, add 1 cup of water, and let the quinoa cook for around 15 minutes.

  11. When the quinoa is ready, place it on the plate, and pour the vegetable mix on top.

Health Benefits
  1. Lentils: loaded with protein, support digestive health, and reduce risk of heart disease.

  2. Quinoa: low in calories and high in protein, has antioxidant properties.

  3. Extra virgin olive oil: fights inflammation and may help prevent cancer.

  4. Onion: high in vitamins and antioxidants, may help reduce the risk of cancer.

  5. Garlic: contains allicin, which helps to reduce blood pressure.

  6. Ginger: contains gingerol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

  7. Garam Masala (spice mixture): supports the immune system and relieves inflammation.

  8. Cumin: promotes digestion and may help control blood sugar levels.

  9. Turmeric: contains curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.

  10. Chili powder: contains antioxidants that strengthen the immune system.

  11. Tomato paste: essence of tomatoes in concentrated form that possibly helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

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