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Spicy lentils with sweet potato and kale (3-4 servings)

I love sweet potato and specially I like to spice it up with chilli. Kale in the other hand is a perfect leafy green to cook with, it will not get soggy as  do spinach and pok choy. Without mentioning the highly nutritional benefits of kale: it’s a good source of dietary fibre, as well as many minerals, including copper, iron, calcium, and vitamin B. Kale is also a good source of vitamin C but it is easily destroyed by excessive heat and water, as well as exposure to air. So its good to consume raw kale as well. :o)

I have also made this dish without lentil, just the sweet potato and kale! 

Ingredients

1-2 tbsp. of coconut oil or ghee

1 clove of garlic, chopped into small pieces

1 carrot, peeled and small diced

1 tomato, chopped into small pieces

1 bigger sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes

bunch of kale, about 6 stalks, stems removed and chopped

2-3 bay leaves

about 10 small black pepper corns

1 tsp of sea or Himalaya salt

1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 – 2 dl water (more it needed)

2 dl full fat coconut milk

2 dl green lentils*, soaked (pre cooked – optional)

½ – 1 tsp of chill flakes

Directions

Heat the oil on the pan and add the garlic, carrot and tomato, sauté for few minutes. Next add the sweet potato, kale, bay leaves, black pepper, rosemary and water, boil it up and let it simmer for about 10-15 min till the sweet potato is almost ready. Add more water if needed. Then add the coconut milk, cooked lentils, chilli flakes, salt. Let it simmer till the potatoes are soft.  About 3-4 servings.

* I always soaked my lentils, from few hours till about 24h before the cooking in lukewarm water. I rinse and change the water at least once if I soak them for 24h. Soaking will aid digestion, neutralise anti nutrients like phytic acid which reduces the absorption of minerals from a meal and it also reduce the cooking time. As I soak my lentils I have them sometimes precooked and ready to use for different dishes, but feel free to use uncooked lentils, just be aware that the cooking time will be longer. 24h soaked green lentils will need about 10-15 min to be ready.

* Feel free to use onion and celery as a base to add more taste.

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