The other day I was at the grocery store and needed something easy for lunch when I got home. I grabbed one of those cup o’ soup type things because it was cheap and fast. It fit the bill for exactly what I needed. It was a lentil curry mix and it turned out to be pretty darn good! So good in fact that I decided to recreate an “out o’ the cup” version at home for dinner later in the week.
I liked it because it is pretty forgiving for whatever mix of lentils and veggies you have in the house. If you don’t like edamame or carrots, pick something else like peas and green beans or carrots, celery and onions. Any combination will do. You can also add more water or broth and make this a soup instead of a thicker mixture for scooping.
Indian Curry Lentils
- 1 cup (~200g) mixed lentils and split peas
- 2 Tbsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2/3 cup (75g) frozen edamame
- 1 medium carrot (~100g), sliced
Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the lentils and spices. Cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir every now and then to mix them up.
Add the veggies and stir into the lentils to combine. Heat for another 5 minutes or so until the veggies are crisp tender. Remove from heat. Serve with steamed rice or warm pita bread for dipping.
Makes 4 servings at approximately 201 calories each – 15g protein, 33g carbs, and 1g fat.
I used a mix of green french lentils, black lentils and split peas but you can use any mix you’d like or even just all of one kind. The only suggestion I have is to pick variations that have similar cooking times. You don’t want one that cooks in 25 minutes mixed in with one that cooks in an hour. You’ll end up with half mush or crunchy lentils.
I served ours with tofu slices and cut tortillas for dipping since I was out of pita bread. The tortillas were perfect for scooping up the lentils. The leftovers kept well in the fridge for lunch the next day. Just a quick visit to the microwave and lunch was ready to go!