Lentils cooked in coconut Milk, carrots, ham and rocket. A fantastic heart warming meal to celebrate the coming of autumn or a cold winter day. This lentil dish combines the heartiness of lentils, carrots, and ham with the subtle sweetness of coconut Milk and the slightly bitter tang of rocket. A wicked combination that makes you go mmmmm after every spoonful.
Sometimes I get a real craving for lentils. Usually when the weather is a little on the cold side. What is really great about them is you can really whip them up with all kinds of different ingredients. There are so many great recipes you can create with lentils. I keep a good stash of several dried lentils in my cupboard for the next time that craving arrives.
There are many different kinds of lentils. Here is a down and dirty summary – really as low down and basic you can go:
Types of Lentils (Beginner)
Yellow/Red Lentils: A mild earthy taste -these are the mushier ones. You should be careful when you cook them so that they do not become to0 mushy unless that is what you are looking for.
Brown/Green Lentils: A stronger earthier taste – these need to cook longer and keep their shape and consistency.
Black Lentils: The richest and most flavorful. Hard to find.
There are other types of lentils such as Puy Lentils from the Puy region of France. If you would like to learn more about the different types I suggest you start here. Then just google your way to find out more!
Lentils are good for you!
Lentils are full of protein and fiber and very low on fat.
Reduces risk of certain chronic diseases
Lentils reduces the risk of chronic disease such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. This is due to their rich content of protective plant compounds called phenols – lentils being amongst the top ranked legumes for phenolic content. Lentils are also an antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory
2. Support the digestive system
Lentils are especially rich in prebiotic fibre which promotes digestive function and ‘fuels’ the beneficial bacterias which play a key role in our health. A diet rich in Fiber is associated with a number of health benefits including a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
Lentils are rich in fiber, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol. They are also a great source of iron and vitamin B1 which are also important for the heart.
4. Helps to manage blood sugar levels
5. A source of plant protein
Lentils are a rich source of protein making them a great alternative to meat or fish. As much as a third of the calories from lentils comes from protein.
Lentil Recipe with Coconut Milk, Ham, Carrots & Rocket – Linsen Eintopf Genial
How to make a lentil dish with coconut juice
Chop the onions and mince the garlic. Saute them at medium heat in the oil until nice and glassy.
Add the linsen and carrots. Let cook for a couple of minutes
Add all the spices and coat the ingredients with the spices. Then add the coconut milk and get it to start boiling.
Add all other ingredients and water. Bring it back up to a boil.
Let cook until the most of the fluid has boiled off to the consistency you are looking for. Depends if you want it soupy or stewy.
Add rocket and salt and pepper.