Coconut infused lentil stew is a delicious dish that often graced my childhood table around Easter time as it pairs so perfectly with fish and steamed rice. Simple and easy to make, I now make this clean eat and vegetarian/vegan-friendly dish frequently throughout the year whenever I find myself craving it.
To make this we’re going to need dry lentils, coconut milk, carrots, onions, garlic, fine thyme, chives, parsley, salt, black pepper, celery seeds, cayenne pepper and and optional ingredient for a finishing touch that I think adds a lovely layer of richness- salted butter. Of course if you’re diet restricts the use of butter you can omit it and the dish will be just as delicious!
To a pot we’re going to add lentils, carrots, onions, garlic, fine thyme, parsley, salt, black pepper, celery seeds, cayenne pepper and enough water to cover an inch over all ingredients in the pot. We’ll bring it to a boil and once half the water is gone we’ll add the coconut milk and cook until the lentils are softened and the liquid begins to thicken. If using, add the butter and chives and mix it all together. Cover the pot and allow the flavors to meld together for at least 10 minutes before serving.
It really is that simple and proves to be a great throw together dish that is very indulgent and rich. Enjoy!
Coconut Lentil Stew
- 2 cups lentils
- 1/2 cup carrots (diced)
- 1/2 cup onions (chopped)
- 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
- 1 sprig fine thyme
- 3 cloves garlic (diced)
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt (more to taste)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp celery seeds
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 13 oz coconut milk
- 2 tbsp salted butter (optional)
- 3 tbsp chives (sliced)
- Sort through the lentils to ensure there are no sticks or stones and then wash and drain it.
- Add it to a large pot along with the carrots, onions, parsley, thyme, garlic, salt, black pepper, celery seeds, and cayenne pepper. Add enough water to cover an inch over the ingredients.
- Bring the pot to a boil and cover. When the water is halfway reduced and the lentils are beginning to soften, add the coconut milk and mix well. Cover the pot and allow to simmer until the lentils thicken. Stir occasionally to ensure that none are sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Once the lentils are cooked through and the liquid has thickened, add butter (if using) and chives and mix well. Cover and let sit for ten minutes so the flavors can meld together.
- Test and adjust salt and seasoning levels to suit your taste. Serve with steamed brown rice and store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to four months.
- Once the butter and chives have been added, don't forget to remove the sticks of fine thyme from the pot.
- To add even more flavor, add 1/4 tsp (just a dash) of Worcestershire sauce.
- For a vegan or vegetarian version just omit the butter.