Last week after the Broccoli, Eggplant & Snow Pea Curry, I found myself once again craving more curry-flavored foods. Since I wasn’t in the mood for another curry dish, I opted to try a recipe I found on www.southernfood.about.com, as it combined a few of my favorite ingredients: curry, lentils & spinach.
The best thing about this meal?! It involved a Crock-pot. And what does a recipe involving a Crock-pot usually mean? Minimal prep work, no actual cooking and dinner is ready the minute you walk in the door.
For me, a really busy new graduate student, this is truly a perfect type of meal. It literally took me about 10 minutes to put it all together.
The only prep? Chopping up a medium onion and mincing 2 large garlic cloves. Then, throw ALL the ingredients into the Crock-pot. Turn it onto low, and let it cook for 6 hours, or until the rice & lentils are tender.
Serve. Garnish with mint or chopped tomato, if desired.
I didn’t have any mint/chopped tomato on hand to top the Curried-Spiced Lentils & Spinach, but in my opinion: it wasn’t necessary. It smelled absolutely curry-spicedtastic when I walked in the door for dinner, and it definitely held up to its expectations when I took my first, second, third…and last bites. Seriously incredible.
And when I served up my leftovers out of the Crock-pot into containers, I couldn’t let the remnants in the pot go to waste…
Peanut Butter Fingers style.
Seriously, it was that good. Especially if you like curry & lots of flava.
Curried-Spiced Lentils & Spinach (About 3 servings)
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup lentils, rinsed
- 1/4 cup brown rice
- 1 10-oz package chopped spinach
- 1 can (1 1/2 cups) vegetable broth
- salt to taste
Combine the above ingredients in a Crock-Pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until lentils & rice are tender. Serve, and garnish with chopped tomato or mint, if desired.
Who else loves curry? Have a recipe I should try?! I’m looking for more ways to use up my curry paste & curry powder!!!
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