Lentil & Chickpea Curry with Coconut Milk

3 tbsp canola oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
2 medium carrots, diced
3 tbsp mild Indian curry paste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
3 cups (750ml) crushed tomatoes
2 540 ml cans coconut milk
2 cups whole green lentils, rinsed and picked through
2 cups cooked chickpeas (540ml can) rinsed
3 tbsp honey
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup frozen peas
veggie stock (optional)
handful of cilantro, chopped
hot sauce
plain yogurt

In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, a minute or two. Add the garlic and ginger, carrots, curry paste, spices and salt. Stir well and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, lentils, chickpeas and honey. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low so it’s simmering. Cover. Stir every 10 minutes or so. Should take about 40 minutes for the lentils to cook. When they are tender, stir in the cauliflower and peas. Cook just until cauliflower is soft. If curry is too thick, thin it with a bit of veggie stock or water. Stir in cilantro. Adjust seasonings with more salt, pepper, and if you like it spicy, you can add hot sauce too. Scoop into bowls and top with plain yogurt and cilantro. Warm Naan bread as a side. Serves 6-8.

source: http://www.sweetsugarbean.com/2012/03/lucky-lentil-chickpea-curry-with.html

notes: goes well with a side of basmati, I substituted soy beans for peas, good side is diced stewed toms, garlic, onion, lemon sautéed with naan. try it slow cooker style

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