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Lentil Potato Coconut Curry

What you need: 

8 ounces French green lentils
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups water
2 bay leaves, divided
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, chopped to 1" cubes
8 ounces carrots, chopped to 1"
7 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 small onion, diced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (13 1/2 ounce) can light coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2" ginger root, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 to 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons ground flax seed (for thickening)
1 teaspoon sugar or other sweetener (I used Stevia)
salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 cups water, if needed

What you do: 

1. In a pressure cooker, cook the lentils and olive oil in 3 1/2 cups water and 1 bay leaf. In my cooker, that's 5 minutes at low-medium pressure. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop at room temperature, 10-15 minutes.
2. Remove the lid so the lentils do not over-cook. When they've cooled enough, check for doneness. French green lentils hold their shape after cooking, but you don't want them to still be crunchy. If they are a little too firm, just cover the pot with a regular lid, bring to a boil, and remove from heat. This should be enough to finish the cooking.
3. In a larger pressure cooker, combine all other ingredients (including remaining bay leaf). Add water if necessary so that the vegetables are barely covered.
4. Cook at low-medium pressure for 5 minutes, remove from heat, and allow pressure to drop as above. Remove lid. Carrots should be cooked through, and potatoes will probably lose their peels but also be cooked through.
5. Stir lentils and veggies together and season, to taste. Serve over rice, noodles, kasha, etc., or just serve as a stew.
This can certainly be adapted for a slow-cooker or for cooking in a regular pot or even baked in a large casserole dish. I just think recipes like this turn out so much better in a pressure cooker and it's much quicker.
Source of recipe: This recipe was inspired by: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=23178.0

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
6-8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This is one of my favorites!  So I use a slow cooker and just kind of winged it b/c I dont' have a pressure cooker. Wink  I also didn't have french green lentils so just used the regular old bag I had.  Also went with yukon golds cuz I just luv 'em.  I'm a garlic fiend so I threw in oh I don't know how many, heh heh.  Seriously though this is sucha great recipe and even though some might be scared off by the ingredient list, so worth the effort.  I make it, freeze some of it and, VOILA, instant lunches.  Even my omnivore husband steals this out of the fridge on me!

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This is sooo good. I'm eating right now, hot from the pot. I used red lentils cuz that's what I have on hand and it makes for a nice creamy base. This is full of flavor and with my fav. ingredients: coconut milk, curry powder, cumin, cilantro, and lime. Just so yum. Thank you for sharing your experience so the inadequate cooks can create their own experiences.

Well gosh, I'm SO glad you like my recipe!  I have a couple of jars in my freezer right now.  They made a mistake during editing - it's supposed to say Sweet Potatoes instead of Russet.  That's how I like it best, but now I know they both work.  Maybe next time I'll use them together.
The lentils are not readily available to me so I order them from Purcell Mountain Farms: 
http://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/index.htm
Highly recommend them for dried beans, lentils, grains, etc.  Great sprouted brown rice, too.  Lots of organic choices. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to write!

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This is sooo good. I'm eating right now, hot from the pot. I used red lentils cuz that's what I have on hand and it makes for a nice creamy base. This is full of flavor and with my fav. ingredients: coconut milk, curry powder, cumin, cilantro, and lime. Just so yum. Thank you for sharing your experience so the inadequate cooks can create their own experiences.

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