Healing Red Lentil Curry with Turmeric and Spinach

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There is something about making curry at home that resembles a ritual. Maybe because you’re adding so many spices together, one by one, maybe because of the cozy smell that brings the whole family together around the table, or maybe because of its healing properties that almost turn it into a digestive medicine. I know for sure that there’s nothing more comforting and gently soothing in wintertime than having a warm bowl of homemade curry.

Red Lentils Curry with loads of turmeric and fresh spinach #healing #vegan | TheAwesomeGreen.com

Maybe it sounds a little strange to call this dish “turmeric curry”, because the spice is a main ingredient for the traditional dish, but this one is made with a lot of turmeric. I just can’t get enough of this curcuma spice, and although there’s been so much said about and done with turmeric, I still need to highlight its amazing properties and add tons of it, both powder and raw, in my dishes, every time I get the occasion.

I also love the fact that it adds this electric yellow color and intense flavor to any food, making it so alluring, stimulating conscious eating and gratitude towards the food.

Healing Red Lentils Curry with loads of turmeric and spinach #vegan | TheAwesomeGreen.com

The range of health benefits of turmeric are much more than just its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The digestive soothing properties, decreasing the risk of cancer, improving the brain and kidney function, and reducing the pain in arthritis are just a few of the reasons it was used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

The ways in which turmeric influences our health are multiple and remarkable, and most of them are due to its active substance, a polyphenol called curcumin.This triggers antioxidant processes, anti-inflammatory reactions, and immune-boosting and enzyme-related actions by stimulating the natural detoxification processes within our cells and balancing the cells’ cycles.

The imbalance of our functions is the root of illness, and turmeric is a spice I like to think of as the recalibrator, one that heals the body with its nutrients and the mind with its flavor.

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I used raw turmeric to make this curry because I happened to find the tiny yellow roots at the market (which is quite rare), but you can use the powdered kind.

This turmeric curry is not only alluringly colored and flavored, but also packed with protein from the lentil-brown rice combination, and makes a filling dish for your season transition evening dinners.

Warming Red Lentils Curry with spinach and loads of turmeric #vegan #ayurveda | TheAwesomeGreen.com

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Healing Red Lentil Curry with Turmeric and Spinach
 
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This Ayurvedic spiced curry is a healing medicine for digestive issues and makes the most comforting winter dinner dish.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder (or 2 medium turmeric roots, peeled and grated)
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch ginger knob, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • ½ tsp ground coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Coconut flakes, nigella seeds, fresh parsley leaves, to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot heat the coconut oil, add the onion and cook for three minutes over low heat, stirring frequently, until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, spices, lentils and rice, mix to combine and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes, until the brown rice and lentils are cooked.
  4. Add the coconut milk and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the spinach leaves, mix to incorporate, then turn off the heat.
  6. Divide into serving bowls, top with coconut yogurt, garnish with coconut flakes, nigella seeds and fresh parsley, and serve warm.
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11 Comments
  • Sarah | Well and Full
    February 16, 2017

    I love using turmeric in my cooking… the health benefits, the flavor, and the color can’t be beat. I love the way you used it in this curry! 🙂

    • Ana
      February 20, 2017

      Oh yes, turmeric is the master of super-foods, me too, I can’t have enough of it 🙂

  • Mary
    February 17, 2017

    What a beautiful nourishing meal – such delicious flavors:)

    • Ana
      February 20, 2017

      Thanks so much Mary, the flavors are everything in this dish! 🙂

  • Adrienne
    February 17, 2017

    The lentils cook in about 20 mins and the rice takes much longer. You shoulda rice 15 min before lentils

    • Ana
      February 20, 2017

      Actually red and yellow lentils cook quite quickly, 15 mins, and give creaminess to the combination. The brown rice cooks perfectly in about 20 minutes, but I already have the creaminess from lentils, and don’t want to turn the curry into a mushy mixture, so my cooking time works just fine for this dish.

    • Deni
      March 4, 2017

      I agree. Mine was mush before my rice cooked . I love the recipe, but will definitely wait to throw the lentils in until the rice is closer to done next time.

  • Renata
    February 21, 2017

    It was really good. I did with millet and a little bit more spinach. Thanks

    • Ana
      February 21, 2017

      Thanks so much for your feedback Renata! Millet sounds great, I have to try adding it 🙂

  • Victoria
    March 3, 2017

    Do you use canned lentils or dried lentils?

    • Ana
      March 14, 2017

      I use dried red lentils, but you can use canned and add them after the the rice is cooked.

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