VEGAN | WFPB | EASY | GLUTEN-FREE | OIL-FREE | 30 MINUTES OR LESS
This dish began with the desire to load lots of veggies into a dish while building in layers of flavor and keeping the process quick and easy for busy nights, something that could be thrown together after a long day of work yet seem like it took hours.
We have cauliflower, cabbage, and yellow potatoes, which are delectable in a curry, becoming tender and soaking up all those yummy flavors. Kale brings another layer of color and texture. The curry, garam masala, ginger, turmeric, and coconut milk bring a richness and flavor depth to the dish. Top with jalapeno, cilantro, and lime and your tastebuds will thank you.
The whole thing can be made in about a half hour, and that includes cooking the grain and lentils. That's why I love both quinoa and red lentils - they cook quickly compared to most grains and legumes, and for about the same length of time so can cook together. Quinoa is usually fluffy; the lentils make the combination creamy. I like to either pour the curry over a mound of the quinoa and lentils or stir them into the curry.
Curry and garam masala powders are easy to find in most grocery stores, especially if there's a bulk section of spices. I love seasoning quinoa with curry powder. I often use it to flavor a large batch that I keep in the fridge for busy days when I need something quick. I throw it in a salad or quick-sautee some favorite veggies to put alongside. The garam masala brings full-bodied flavor to the curry, making each bite a pleasure. Someday I'd like to study traditional Indian cooking and the history of these beautiful spice mixes. I'd like to try making my own from scratch. The store-bought spice blends may not be as flavorful as homemade, but they do help get dinner on the table quickly.
VEGAN | WFPB | EASY | GLUTEN-FREE | OIL-FREE* | 30 MINUTES OR LESS
YIELD: 4 servings (doubling the recipe for leftovers is highly recommended!)
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
RECIPE CATEGORY: Dinner, Main Dish
PRIMARY TOOLS: Chef's knife and cutting board, two large pots, stove
COOKING METHOD: Saute and simmer
Note: Cooking times are approximate and will depend on various factors, like your personal kitchen speed and how many hands you have working in the kitchen. Cooking can become a zen experience. Enjoy the ride!
*Oil-free indicates there are no oils used in the recipe; however, fats can still exist in ingredients, such as the fat in coconut milk.