Vegan Sri Lankan Lentil Curry Recipe
Are you looking for a vegan-friendly yet flavorful and satisfying dish? Look no further because we have the perfect recipe for you: Vegan Sri Lankan Dhal Curry.
Dhal curry, also known as parippu curry, is a staple in Sri Lanka and is made with red lentils and a mixture of spices. It is a vegan and nutritious curry can be served with rice or roti.
- 1 cup red lentils
- One medium onion, chopped
- Two cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-inch ginger, minced
- Two green chillies, sliced
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- One cinnamon stick
- 4-5 curry leaves
- One can of coconut milk
- Salt, to taste
- Oil for frying (use a vegan-friendly oil such as coconut or olive oil)
- Rinse the red lentils thoroughly and soak them in water for 5 minutes.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot and add the mustard seeds. When they start to splutter, add the fenugreek seeds and cinnamon stick.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, and green chillies. Fry until the onions are translucent.
- Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and chilli powder. Fry for a minute until fragrant.
- Drain the soaked red lentils and add to the pot. Stir to mix with the spices.
- Pour enough water over the lentils to submerge them and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the lentils are soft and fully cooked.
- Add coconut milk and season with salt to taste. Simmer for a few minutes until heated through.
- Serve with rice, roti, or naan.
Tips for the Perfect Vegan Dhal Curry
- Use red lentils for a creamy and smooth texture.
- Soaking the lentils before cooking helps to reduce cooking time and ensures that they are fully cooked.
- Use freshly ground spices for the most aromatic and flavorful curry.
- For a thicker curry, use less water or simmer for longer to reduce the liquid.
- Reduce the chilli powder or use milder chilli peppers for a milder curry.
This Vegan Sri Lankan Dhal Curry is a delicious and nutritious dish that will delight your taste buds and satisfy you. It is an easy-to-make dish perfect for busy weeknights, and coconut milk and spices make it a flavorful and satisfying vegan option. Try it out and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.