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Pan Asian: Lentils Stewed in Coconut Milk (Parippu) - Sri Lanka

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  Red lentils 1⁄2 Pound
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1⁄2 , chopped
  Green chili 3 , sliced (2-3)
  Garlic clove 2 , sliced
  Pandanus grass 2 Gram (1-inch (2.5 cm) piece) (Optional)
  Lemongrass stalk 5 Gram (1-inch (2.5 cm) piece)
  Cinnamon stick 5 Gram (1-inch (2.5 cm) piece)
  Cardamom pod 2
  Clove 2
  Turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coconut milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Baby spinach leaves 100 Gram (Optional)
For tempering
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1⁄2 , sliced
  Curry leaves sprig 1
  Black mustard seed 1 Teaspoon
  Whole dry red chilies 2

1. Wash and remove any stones or chaff from lentils. Drain and set aside.

2. Place a medium sized pot on flame and boil water in it.
3. Drop lentils, onion, green chilies, garlic, pandanus, lemon grass, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. Stir well. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add more water, if needed.
4. Add coconut milk, salt, and turmeric. Cook uncovered on low flame for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. In another pan, heat oil, drop onion and saute until translucent.
6. Add curry leaves, dry red chili, and mustard seeds. Fry until mustard seeds start to pop. Pour tempering over lentils and mix well.
7. Put fresh spinach leaves in lentils and cover the pot. Cook until wilted.

8. Serve lentils hot with rice.

You can also add curry powder in the tempering to add more flavor.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 258 Calories from Fat 91

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.2%

Saturated Fat 5.3 g26.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 84.6 mg3.5%

Total Carbohydrates 30 g10.1%

Dietary Fiber 8.7 g34.7%

Sugars 3.3 g

Protein 11 g22.9%

Vitamin A 26.3% Vitamin C 33.4%

Calcium 5.8% Iron 15.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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