Chef Ray: Vege and Lentil Curry with Coconut Rice - Coach Ray

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Chef Ray: Vege and Lentil Curry with Coconut Rice

This is a qwik and nutritious meal, that will fuel your workouts.
From: Bezzant, Niki; It’s on the Table In (Dec 17) Healthy Food Guide

Serves 2

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
  • oil spray
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • carrot, sliced in small batons
  • spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup frozen broad beans, defrosted and pods removed
  • red chilli, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 400g can lentils in spring water, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup reduced-salt vegetable stock or miso (made with 2 teaspoons miso paste and 1 cup water)
  • 1 tablespoon no-added-salt tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • fresh coriander and/or kaffir lime leaves, to garnish
  1. To a saucepan, add rice, coconut milk powder and 1 cup of water and mix well. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for 20-25 minutes, until rice is cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a large pan with oil and set over a medium-high heat. Add garlic, carrot, spring onions and ginger, and cook for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, mushrooms, broad beans and half of the chilli and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add spices and stir to combine.
  3. Add lentils, stock or miso, tomato paste and brown sugar and bring to a simmer for 8-10 minutes, until liquid reduces slightly. Squeeze lemon juice over and add remaining chilli.
  4. Divide curry and coconut rice between 2 plates. Serve garnished with coriander and/or kaffir lime leaves.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.


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