Coconut Curried Lentils and Brown Rice

Coconut Curried Lentils and Brown Rice

Call me crazy but there is something so comforting about lentils and rice!

I’ve been on a coconut craze for quite some time now (have you noticed how many recipes on the Blog have coconut in them?) and so I had to just add some into this delicious, hearty, lentil and rice bowl. It adds a touch of sweetness and such an interesting depth of flavour.

If you REALLY love that creamy, coconut flavour then opt for canned coconut milk! Yum!

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This recipe has been in my archives for a while now and was actually intended for my kids. I whipped it up last summer in Italy as I prepped recipes for my (recently published) cookbook!

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Although I love lentils and rice, I didn’t realize how much I would have actually LOVED this dish…so much so that it has become MY new fave! (It’s a good thing I had made enough that day for all of us to enjoy because I had set quite a bit aside for MY lunch!) 😉

Here’s my little man patiently waiting for his lunch!

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Ingredients
(Yields about 3 cups)
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup celery, finely diced
1/4 cup carrots, finely diced
3/4 cup brown rice
3/4 cup dried green lentils
5 cups vegetable broth (or 4 cups + 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk)
1 tsp. curry powder
2 tbsp. sweetened coconut flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add onion, celery and carrots and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until translucent.

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Add the lentils and rice and sauté for 2 minutes then add the broth (or milk) and spices.

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Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and cook uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until the lentils are fork tender and the rice is fully cooked.

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Serve warm garnished with an extra sprinkle of coconut flakes.

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Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

*TIP: If serving from the freezer, defrost and reheat with some broth or milk to rehydrate the rice and lentils.

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Coconut Curried Lentils and Brown Rice

Call me crazy but there is something so comforting about lentils and rice! I’ve been on a coconut craze for quite some time now (have you noticed how many recipes on the Blog have coconut in them?) and so I had to just add some into this delicious, hearty, lentil and rice bowl. It adds …

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