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Madras Lentils

madrasHow much do you love those little packs of Indian Food? I think they’re fantastic! I always have a few in my desk at work for days when I don’t have a lot of time for lunch. One of my favorites is Tasty Bite’s Madras Lentils.

And like many recipes I love, I also love to see how close I can come to recreating them on my own. Turns out, with a few pantry staples (for me, at least) this was pretty easy to make.

Madras Lentils

1 can lentils
1 can red beans
1 can Rotel Tomatoes – I used the cilantro and lime ones
1 small can of tomato paste
1 tbsp or more of curry powder
1 cup water

1. Combine everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
2. Serve over rice.

Seriously. I am not kidding. It was that easy. Rotel Tomatoes have such good flavor that you really don’t need to add anything else. This made about four servings which is great for me since I am the only one in my house who will eat it. Four whole lunches!

Oh! Did you happen to notice that this delightful dish is vegan? I’m not pushing you to give up meat. I support all types of diets. I just want to make sure you know that there are many tasty foods that are vegan.

If you are worried about sodium, I recommend looking for low sodium beans, lentils and tomato paste. You can rinse the beans and lentils. That helps, too.

It’s going to be a damp and sort of chilly weekend here. Perfect for a spicy dish that isn’t too heavy.