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Slow cooker coconut curry lentils

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INGREDIENTS
COCONUT CURRY LENTILS
  • 1 yellow onion $0.37
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 2 cups brown lentils $1.36
  • 1 sweet potato (about ¾-1lb.) $0.98
  • 2 carrots $0.22
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder (hot or mild) $0.45
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves (optional) $0.03
  • 15oz. can petite diced tomatoes $0.65
  • 15oz. can tomato sauce $0.99
  • 3 cups vegetable broth $0.39*
  • 14oz. can coconut milk (full fat) $2.47
FOR SERVING
    • 10 cups cooked rice $0.99
    • ½ red onion $0.40
    • ½ bunch cilantro or green onions $0.40
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Peel the sweet potato and carrots. Dice the sweet potato (1/4-1/2 inch cubes) and slice the carrots.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, sweet potato, carrots, lentils, curry powder, cloves, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and vegetable broth to the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for 7-8 hours. Once cooked, the lentils should be tender and most of the liquid should be absorbed.
  3. Stir the can of coconut milk into the lentils. Taste and adjust the salt or other spices as needed (the amount of salt needed will depend on the type of broth used and the salt content of the canned tomatoes).
  4. To serve, add 1 cup cooked rice to a bowl followed by 1 cup of the lentil mixture. Top with finely diced red onion and fresh cilantro.
NOTES
*I use Better Than Bouillon to make my vegetable broth.

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are a hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. Budgetbytes.comSlow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are a hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. Budgetbytes.com

STEP BY STEP PHOTOS

Lentils and Vegetables in Slow CookerDice one onion (it’s under all that stuff) and mince two cloves of garlic. Peel one sweet potato (3/4-1 lb.) and peel two carrots. Dice the sweet potato and slice the carrots. Add the onion, garlic, sweet potato, and carrots to the slow cooker, along with 2 cups uncooked brown lentils.

Tomatoes and Spices in Slow CookerAlso add one 15oz. can of petite diced tomatoes, a 15oz. can of tomato sauce, 3 Tbsp curry powder (mild or hot–your preference), and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. I’ve decided that I really like cloves in my curry, but if you’re not a clove person you can leave it out.

Sharwoods Curry PowderThis is the curry powder I use, BTW. It’s just something I picked up at the grocery store, but it has pretty good potency. Curry powders can vary quite a bit from brand to brand in both flavor and potency, so you might have to experiment to find one that you like. I like to buy mild curry powder and then just add cayenne to dishes when I want things spicy.

Vegetable Broth in Slow CookerFinally, add 3 cups vegetable broth to the slow cooker and give everything a good stir.

Slow Cooked LentilsPlace the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for 7-8 hours. If your slow cooker runs extra hot or doesn’t hold in moisture well, keep an eye on the cooker to make sure the lentils are not drying out. If they begin to look dry or burned on the edges, add more water. After cooking the lentils should be tender and most of the broth absorbed.

Slow Cooked Curried LentilsStir in one 14oz. can of full-fat coconut milk. Give the lentils a taste and adjust the salt or other spices if needed. The amount of salt needed will depend on the salt content of your vegetable broth and canned tomatoes. Mine had plenty of salt, so I added none. If you find the lentils to be bland at this point, add a 1/2 tsp of salt or so to see if that makes the flavors pop.

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are a hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. Budgetbytes.comTo serve the lentils, add 1 cup cooked rice to a bowl, followed by 1 cup of the coconut curried lentils. Top with finely diced red onion and fresh cilantro (or green onions if you’re not a cilantro person). Other optional toppings include: plain yogurt, a squeeze of fresh lime, or thinly sliced jalapeños. 

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are a hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. Budgetbytes.com

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