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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
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Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull."
-C. Northcote Parkinson, Writer

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I love curried dishes and this one is so simple and flavorful but it has a lot going for it other than that. The tastes come together well with the savory paneer and lentils combining with the spicy curry. There are a number of levels of sweetness from the veggies and of course the raisins. A great weeknight dish that makes for easy leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.

Lentils

Lentils are legumes like peas, garbanzos and peanuts. They are mostly carbohydrate and protein and not very much fat. They have tons of fiber, with a half cup of cooked lentils coming in at around 8 grams.

Like other legumes, you can cook them whole, but they are also great in soups and pureed into sauces. There are three main types. The small green lentil is also known as the French lentil. It has a thin shell and a stronger pea-like flavor. Red and yellow lentils are slightly smaller and not as plump as green lentils. They have a milder flavor. French lentils take a little longer to cook than their red and yellow cousins. More About Lentils


 

Curried Lentils - Low Sodium Version



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 2 cups

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion (diced)
2 large carrots (peeled and diced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup red lentils
1/3 cup raw pistachios (shelled)
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
8 ounces paneer (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for another 3 minutes.

Add the cumin and curry powder and cook for about one minute.

Add the chicken broth, water, lentils, pistachios, raisins, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until the lentils are just cooked.

Add the paneer and cook for about 2 minutes.

Place the spinach leaves in 4 bowls and top with the curried lentils. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 576 Calories from Fat 200
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 23g 35%
    Saturated Fat 11g 55%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 420mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 20g 82%
    Sugars 20g  
Protein 35g  
Vitamin A 239% Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 69% Iron 39%
Vitamin K 291 mcg Potassium 1439 mg
Magnesium 159 mg