Heart Healthy Red Lentil Carrot Curry Bowl Recipe
Make sauce: In a food processor, purée all sauce ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
Make curry: Preheat oven to 450°. In a bowl, add the carrots, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, chili powder and salt. Toss carrots and arrange in a single layer on a baking pan. Roast the carrots for 20 to 30 minutes, or until browned. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the broth and lentils and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit for 10 minutes, or until the lentils are softened. The lentils can be prepared the night before and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
Cook the rice according to package directions and keep warm.
In a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is softened. Add the curry paste, tomato purée, cumin and the remaining 1 tsp garam masala and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the cooked lentils and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Divide the rice and lentil mixture among bowls. Top the lentils with the roasted carrots. Serve with avocado slices, chopped cilantro and cilantro cashew sauce.
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About This Healthy Recipe
Indian-inspired curry dishes are loaded with flavor. They’re also typically loaded with plant-based nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In this curry bowl, lentils and carrots take center stage, but it’s the combination of spices and flavors that really makes it sing. The heart-healthy curry is served alongside basmati rice and a creamy cashew sauce finishes it off to perfection. This dish is not only loaded with fiber and protein (11g per serving), but it has an array of nutrients that keep your body going strong. And at only 331 calories per serving, this healthy curry fits into most weight loss plans. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, you’ll find that this dish can be eaten as long as you check that the broth you are using doesn’t contain gluten. Whether you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet or simply want to incorporate more plant-based foods into your meal plan, this flavor-infused bowl is definitely worth trying.