This hearty, fragrant and healthy lentil curry in a creamy coconut milk sauce is naturally vegan and gluten free. Serve with a side of white rice spiced with cardamom.
It might seem weird or boring to some of you but lentils have always been among my favorite foods. Yes, I absolutely love this lens-shaped seed that have been part of the human diet forever somehow (according to archaeological evidence, they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago). To be honest, I feel lucky that I often like by taste some of the healthiest ingredients on earth ; I don’t even need to force myself to like them.
First of all, lentils is a great source of protein. Of all legumes, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein, which makes them a wonderful source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. I am none of them myself, but my diet is almost exclusively plant-based and therefore vegetable protein are important to me. Lentils also increase steady, slow-burning energy due to its fiber and complex carbohydrates. This way, they are very nutritious and leave you full and satisfied until the next meal. Last but not least, lentils are also known for their great content of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism. You get it, there is always a reason to prepare yourself some lentils.
If you are looking for some inspiration, you can check the following recipes:
- Lentil salad with caramelized pears & blue cheese
- Red lentil patties with a garlic tahini sauce (vegan, gluten free)
- Red lentil dahl with roasted pumpkin and hazelnuts (vegan, gluten free)