I made this Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry because, right now, I'm just really loving lentils. More and more, we are trying to use and eat less animal products. You need to keep your iron intake at good levels though. That's where lentils come in. They are seriously a a star, when it comes to everything that you may think that might be missing if you aren't eating meat.
Lentils are nutrition super stars. If you're looking for lean protein, high fiber, iron, and folate, lentils have it all going on. I know, right? Lentils, just the name of them, might sound boring. But you won't think so, once you try this super easy and amazingly delicious dish. Lentils add a heartiness, and a great texture to any dish. I love using lentils in soups and stews, and this curry was made for lentils.
This roasted cauliflower lentil curry is a healthy and quick dinner fix. It'll fill your kitchen with mouth-watering aromas and fill your tummy with goodness. Roast the cauliflower to bring out extra depth of flavor and sweetness; it's just as easy as steaming. Red lentils cook up faster than other kinds, and they have a nice orange color, so if you have them, use them for this recipe, but any lentils will work as long as you pay attention to the cooking time on the package.
You should eat this roasted cauliflower red lentil curry with basmati rice and/or naan bread to complete your dinner experience. You can try making your own naan bread if you want. Seriously, it's super easy and so much better than store bought. And I have the recipe for you right here! Naan Bread.
- 1 small cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- 1 cup dried red lentils
- 1 796 ml (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 414 ml (14 oz) can light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the parchment, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil until all lightly coated, and spread in a single layer. Roast for 15 minutes until golden and tender. Set aside.
- In a large, deep skillet, heat coconut oil over medium high, and add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add lentils and turmeric, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Stir to coat, then add tomatoes, and coconut milk.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 - 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender but not mushy.
- Add peas and roasted cauliflower and continue to cook just until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro. Serve with basmati rice and/or naan bread, and Greek yogurt.
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