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Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Healthy Homemade (Well Almost Homemade) Indian Dish

This is another adaptation of a Tara Stiles recipe - kale quinoa lentil curry. Right now I'm really digging her stuff because it's quick, easy, nutritious and seriously delicious. Quick is key (at least for me) because who really has time to cook these days? But the best part about this recipe is that it tastes like you've slaved away over a hot stove all day making a superb indian dish. The trick is this - the kale, quinoa and lentils are homemade, but the curry is from a jar. (Go ahead and gasp if you're way into making everything from scratch, but I just bought myself a good hour... which I well spend on my yoga mat... or watching the New Jersey Housewives).
Photo props to Tara Stiles (but my recipe adds lentils as well)
Here's the recipe -

Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings):

- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 cup of quinoa, dry (any type is fine)
- 1 cup of lentils, dry
- 1 to 2 jars of your favorite indian curry sauce (I love Seeds of Change - Madras and their website happens to have a bunch of other recipes you can try with their various curry sauces)

Making it happen:

Chop kale (I toss out the thick stems, but the thin stems are okay by me). Steam kale until just slightly tender (you don't have to use a fancy bamboo steamer here, you can just throw it in a large saucepan with about 1/2 cup of water, boil water and cover; strain water after it's done). Cook quinoa (go here for directions). Cook lentils (go here for directions). Combine kale, quinoa and lentils in a saucepan. Add anywhere between 1 to 2 jars of indian curry sauce depending on your taste - I use 1 1/2 jars (12 oz jars). Simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes (just enough time to thoroughly heat the sauce). And voila! You'll feel like you're eating in Chennai.

Happy and healthy eating!

oxox roxy