quinoa and lentil curry with coconut

quinoa and lentil curry with coconut and cilantro

We loved how creamy and flavorful this lentil quinoa curry is thanks to the double-addition of curry paste and curry powder. There’s a colorful medley of vegetables—carrots, bell peppers, and baby kale—laced in the creamy coconut base, turning this dish into a truly satisfying and wholesome meal. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you’ll need:
2 large cloves garlic
4 oz carrots
1 red bell pepper
3 oz french green lentils
3 oz white quinoa
½ oz cilantro
1½ tablespoons thai red curry paste
1 tsp curry powder
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 tsp gluten-free tamari
2 oz baby kale
neutral oil such as safflower or vegetable
coarse salt

Equipment:
medium pot

Recipe steps:
1. Prep ingredients
Peel and finely chop garlic and carrots. Cut sides from pepper then cut into ½-inch pieces. Rinse lentils and quinoa together. Reserve a few cilantro sprigs. Remove thicker stems from the rest of the cilantro then chop.

2. Cook pepper & carrots
Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add red pepper and carrots and cook until lightly browned on the edges, 2–3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3. Add liquids
Add red curry paste (use less depending on your heat preference) and curry powder and continue cooking until curry is fragrant, 1 minute more. Slowly pour in coconut milk, 2 cups water, and tamari. Stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil.

4. Cook lentils and quinoa
Stir in lentils and quinoa. Reduce to a simmer over low heat, cover, and cook until quinoa is cooked through and tender and lentils are almost tender, 20–25 minutes.

5. Add kale
Stir in baby kale and continue to cook, uncovered, until kale is wilted, 5 minutes more.

6. Finish
Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro and ¾ teaspoon salt. Garnish with reserved cilantro sprigs. Enjoy!

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