Lentil Curry

My Salt Lake friends have a ‘friends vacation’ that is become annual tradition and really fun. We find a rentable home (this year it was an old schoolhouse) for 15-20 people within a 4 hour drive, so most of Utah is on the table, Wyoming & Southern Idaho. Once we find a pretty inexpensive place, we spread the word to every friend group and when you RSVP dictates if you get a bed or you are foraging for a couch/quiet floor space. Between last year and this year, only 7 people went on both trips so it’s a fun way to get to know acquaintances better or make new friends. Only a certain type of adventurous person will go to a random place with no agenda and few people they know well, so people generally mesh well and are lighthearted. It’s great. Last year we spent a lot of time at Capitol Reef National Park & this year it turned into a 4 square fest in the attached gym with some Nintendo, yoga and Lava Hot Springs. With so many people, you can usually find one, two or 15 people that want to do the same thing you are doing.

My friend Steph & I plan, buy and coordinate all the meals. The New Years risotto was actually first made for the friends vacation group and this year I found an easier dish to make to scale that was a delicious hit!

Lentil Curry

Serves 15
4 lbs sweet potatoes, cubed
3 large onions, copped
2 lbs cauliflower, copped
1 lb eggplant, chopped
4 cups lentils, rinsed
3 cans (28 oz) diced tomatoes
3 cans (13 oz) coconut milk
8 tbs curry powder

Serves 4
1 lb sweet potatoes, cubed
1 large onions, copped
1 head cauliflower, copped
1 cup lentils, rinsed
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (13 oz) coconut milk
2 tbs curry powder

In a large pot, Sauté the onions over oil for a minute, add curry and stir until onions are coated with spice. Depending on your preference, you can add fresh or ground ginger, garlic, spicy curry powder, turmeric or cumin at this point.

Add sweet potatoes & stir until coated. Continue with the rest of the veggies & lentils. Most hearty vegetables would work in this curry, the sweet potatoes are essential for flavor but you can get creative here. You can also add cooked chicken at this point if you want more protein.

Add the can of coconut milk & diced tomatoes, including the juice. Stir it in. Bring to boil, then let simmer for 30 min or until potatoes & lentils are tender.

Serve over rice, with naan or by itself & enjoy!