Looking for a meal that’s easy to make, super healthy and delicious? This Lentil Coconut Curry is a real crowd-pleaser! It’s vegan and gluten-free and is delicious served over brown rice, quinoa, wild rice or with naan.
I often crave Indian food for it’s mouth-watering spices but many of the dishes can be high in calories and fat. If you’re looking for more healthy Indian recipes, check out my Healthy Curry Chicken.
Need a reason to have lentils more often? I have a huge list for you, and that’s just the nutritional benefits! Here are a few:
- A serving of lentils contains more protein than a serving of yogurt! A ¾ cup serving of lentils provides about 13 grams of protein.
- Some studies have shown that eating pulses such as lentils may improve the body’s response to sugar. This is because pulses lower insulin and blood sugar responses after a meal. One study found that lentils not only lower the blood sugar effect from the meal in which they are eaten, but also the next meal eaten four hours later!
- Lentils are an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that is needed to form red blood cells and for proper nerve function. It may also help prevent heart disease and some types of cancer.
- Lentils are rich in manganese, a mineral that is needed to absorb calcium and to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is part of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a compound which protects healthy cells from free radical damage and which may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Enjoy this yummy recipe and love your lentils!