I love anything to do with Indian spices, and I usually throw something like this together when I have random items of food in my fridge and pantry. The results always surprise me, more often than when I meticulously plan a recipe. So feel free to add or remove anything to this recipe to make it yours!
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
3 celery spears, sliced down the middle and then chopped
2 green onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 C dried red lentils (washed)
2-3 cups of vegetable stock
2 fresh tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 chili, sliced into rounds (if too spicy, remove seeds)
Handful of basil, chopped
Roasted garbanzo beans
Drizzle of coconut milk
Heat olive oil in a large stock pot and add garlic and green peppers. Cook 2 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
Add celery and carrots to the pot and cook until soft, approximately 5 min.
Add the spices and cook 2 minutes.
Add the lentils and stock. Stir to combine. Then add the tomatoes, lime, and chili pepper. Cook for 30 minutes until the lentils are soft.
Adjust seasonings and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
Serve with basil, garbanzo beans, and a drizzle of coconut milk.