Lucky Lentil Curry

The cooking club theme I chose was lucky foods.  Many cultures believe certain foods will bring luck.  I chose lentils as a main dish as in Italy it has a New Year reputation for bringing in money.  I modified a few different recipes. I would make this again, I added hot sauce to my serving as it did not have enough kick for me.

Lentils are a good source of folate and manganese.  They are easy to cook, can be used in a variety of recipes and dried lentils are a low cost food.

Mild Curry:

  • 4 cups cooked green lentils – I bought dry and cooked
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas – I used canned
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 4 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 6 tbsp of olive oil
  • Roasted cashews
  1. Wash lentils thoroughly and simmer for 30 -35 minutes.
  2. Cut the squash, onion and carrots into very small pieces about the size of the chickpeas.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the carrot, onion and squash cook until softened.
  4. Add the curry paste, curry powder, tahini, ginger and garlic and cook about five minutes stirring frequently.
  5. Put the lentils, chickpeas, and vegetable broth in a crock pot or large stock pot on stove. Add all ingredients from the pan stirring occasionally, until everything is well mixed and heated.
  6. Serve in bowls and top with a handful of roasted cashews

* Note it was recommended to make this a day ahead for better flavor, I made the dish a day ahead and just reheated.

Adapted from a few sources.

Pictured is what I did with my leftover lucky lentils.  I added some colorful carrots and served as a side dish.