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Get Your Protein Fix with This Delicious Chickpea & Lentil Curry!

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Calling all health-conscious foodies and busy bees! Are you looking for a protein-packed, flavorful, and easy-to-make meal that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner? Look no further than this Chickpea & Lentil Curry recipe!

This vibrant dish is not only bursting with nutrients, but it’s also incredibly satisfying thanks to the combination of protein-rich chickpeas and lentils. Plus, the warm and fragrant curry spices will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this culinary masterpiece:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Now, let’s get cooking!

Step 1: Sauté the aromatics

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Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add the spices and ginger

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Stir in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder (if using). Cook for an additional minute, allowing the spices to release their fragrance.

Step 3: Introduce the tomatoes and broth

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Pour in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Incorporate the chickpeas and lentils

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Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas and lentils to the pot. Stir well to combine and bring back to a simmer.

Step 5: Creamy coconut finish

Pour in the coconut milk and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and the curry has thickened slightly.

Step 6: Season and serve!

Season the curry with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro (optional) and serve over your favorite rice or quinoa.

Tips for a perfect curry:

  • For a spicier curry, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes along with the other spices in step 2.
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, use an immersion blender to partially blend the curry after simmering.
  • Feel free to experiment with different vegetables! Add chopped bell peppers, carrots, or spinach for extra flavor and nutrients.
  • Leftovers store well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop over low heat.

This Chickpea & Lentil Curry is a true winner when it comes to flavor, nutrition, and convenience. So, give it a try and see for yourself why it’s destined to become a weeknight staple in your kitchen!

Ann Shrott

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