• Coconut Red Lentil Curry

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    I’ve always hated lentils until I discovered red lentils and this recipe from Epicurious.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 (2 1/2-inch) fresh jalapeƱo or serrano chile, finely chopped, including seeds
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils (10 oz)
    • 1 (13- to 14-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 lb zucchini (2 medium), cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro sprigs
    • Accompaniment: white rice

    Directions:

    Cook onion in oil in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until edges are golden, about 6 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and chile and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

    Stir in water, lentils, and coconut milk, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in zucchini and simmer, covered, until lentils and zucchini are tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and serve with cilantro sprigs scattered on top.

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