Here’s a nice simple post about a nice simple meal for you on this Monday morning. These red lentils with coconut milk and warming spices only came about because one evening I didn’t have all the ingredients for Ottolenghi’s red lentils, which you need to know about too. But I did have a few of the ingredients and a can of coconut milk, and it turns out that’s all it took. I’m glad it worked out that way, because you can never have enough ways to make red lentils. Compared to other legumes, they cook up so quickly it’s almost magical. And they make great, delicious comfort food that’s good for you as a mere bonus.
On a totally different note, as this post arrives we are on our way to the Canadian Rockies for two weeks. We’ll explore Calgary with friends, then do some hiking, lake-ogling and hopefully minimal bear sighting in Banff National Park, and end with a few days walking and eating Vancouver. It couldn’t be a more beautiful place, so please follow along on Instagram if you like. I plan to take an obscene number of photos (but zero obscene photos), and I’ll put together some detailed posts about our experiences and recommendations when we’re back.
Have a great start to the week. See you soon.
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Coconut Spiced Red Lentils
A healthful and flavorful comfort food dinner that's ready in under an hour.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons black/brown mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- Pinch of ground cayenne
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 5 cups vegetable stock or water
- 2 cups dry red lentils
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 lime
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