This is one of my favorite go-to meals since it’s so easy to prepare all in one pot and is very flavorful. It can be eaten alone as a stew, over cooked brown rice, or spooned into steamed corn tortillas with cooked brown rice.
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup dry/uncooked French green lentils
- 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 medium yam or sweet potato, peeled and chopped into ½-inch chunks (about 1½ cups)
- 2 cups small cauliflower florets
- 2 ribs celery, sliced (about ⅔ cup)
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces; about 1½ cups), undrained
- 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 4 cups coarsely chopped Swiss chard (or other greens)
- Bring the water and lentils to a boil in a soup pot over medium-high heat, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
- Stir in the onion, yam or sweet potato, cauliflower, celery, diced tomatoes (including the juice), curry powder, Italian seasoning, and granulated onion and garlic. Cover and simmer at a low boil for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the greens, then cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until the lentils and yams or sweet potatoes are tender.
If you don't have cauliflower, you can use broccoli instead.
If you're a mushroom fan, add about 6 sliced medium white or cremini mushrooms in step 2.
Lentils: A variety of lentils exist (see chart below), and can be used in this recipe by adjusting the cooking time slightly (mainly for red lentils, which take only 25-30 minutes to cook).
Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes can also be used, especially when they are in season (about 1-1/2 cups diced).
Common lentil types
How to cut a cauliflower
(1) Turn the cauliflower upside down. (2) Remove the thick outer leaves (the leaves are also edible, but are most often discarded). (3) Cut down along the thick inner core until all the florets are free. (4) Now you are left with just the core, separated perfectly from the florets, and no waste. Cut florets smaller from here.
What is curry powder?
Curry powder is a mixture of spices that usually includes turmeric (gives the yellow color), coriander, cumin, fenugreek, and red pepper. Depending on the curry powder recipe, additional ingredients may be included, such as ginger, garlic, asafoetida, fennel seed, caraway, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper. Some cooks create different curry mixtures for different recipes, with some mild in flavor and others quite hot and spicy; those sold in grocery stores are typically on the milder side. In Eastern Indian cultures, curry recipes are often passed down from generation to generation.