Crock Pot Indian Spiced Lentils

This Sunday is Mother’s Day.

From the very beginning of my husband and I getting married, I always told him that even if we didn’t have children at that time, he would still celebrate me on that day.

I would often joke with him and say, “Silly husband, I’m basically a mother to you. I cook, clean, scrub, feed, drive, and clean your dirty toilets…”

Ironically enough his birthday falls near or on Mother’s day ever year, which means we usually share the holiday…

And I somehow still end up cleaning those dirty toilets. :)

All joking aside, each year Mother’s day has been very special to me. I’m surrounded by beautiful woman in my life who have been amazing mother figures to me, this including my own mama. Then after having Baby Boo, the day only became more special because I have been so blessed to be a mother to someone (soon to be 2 someones) so amazing. Motherhood and mother-figures are such a powerful and beautiful thing, that I am truly honored to celebrate it this weekend for the many motherly woman out there!

Usually when it comes to special occasions, the first food I request is chocolate of some sort. Heavy, rich, and filling is all that I ask for, a long with a big glass of coconut milk and some trash Tv. Hot right?

This year, I told my husband I still want the chocolate but I also want something else. (Yea that’s me, always have to have more and more! :) )

Since trying Indian food for the first time last year, my husband and I have gone out to Indian restaurants every opportunity we get. I load up on naan like no other, and my husband sweats curry from his shiny forehead. We are addicted.

For a while now I have been wanting to make it at home, and I finally did just that. I’ve made this dish numerous times, with different add ins and beans, and each time I cry with joy and wipe my tears with naan bread.

It’s heavenly, and the ultimate comfort food.

Woah Mama!

Indian Spiced Lentils

*This dish is a kind of similar to a traditional Indian dish called Chana Masala, which is made from chickpeas. The first time I made this, I used chickpeas and didn’t add anything else. Since then, I have switched it up to lentils (because it was what I had on hand), and threw in a few other veggies that were in my kitchen. Everything pairs beautiful! It’s the perfect dish that makes you feel happy inside! :) On top of everything else, I made it in a crock pot! Easy!

*Inspiration: Smitten Kitchen

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. cooked lentils

1 sweet potato peeled and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper finely diced

1 medium onion finely diced

3-4 cloves garlic finely diced

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. cayanne (can add more for additional heat)

1 tsp. ground tumeric

2 tsp. paprika

1 TB. ground coriander

1 tsp. garam masala

2/3 c. vegetable broth (organic)

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Gather all your ingredients, including chopped veggies. I used a food processor for my onion, bell pepper, and garlic to speed it up. (It also finely dices them the way I like!)

2. Throw everything into a crock pot, and set on high for 3 hours, or until sweet potatoes are soft and cooked. This can also be done over the stove, just cook the garlic and onions with some oil over heat for a little bit until brown. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook over stove top for at least 30 min, or until potatoes are soft.

3. Serve with brown rice and naan bread.

I made homemade Whole Wheat Naan Bread, and I loved it!! I got the recipe from Jessica @ How Sweet it is! I used whole wheat pastry flour, coconut milk, and greek yogurt. You could definitely use a non dairy soy plain yogurt too! I topped with coconut oil, rosemary, and mashed garlic.

Indian food and naan just may be the perfect present for myself or any mother out there this weekend!

Throw in a day without toilet bowl cleaning, and sweet golly gee willakers…

Now THAT’S more like it!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Comments

  1. You had me at “crock pot”. This looks fabulous! Happy Mother’s Day to you. :-)

  2. Michelle Macdonald says:

    What kind of lentils are these? I have red ones in the cupboard, but I am not sure if there are other varieties and this is a specific one? This looks fantastic! My husband and I have gotten into Indian food recently too and I was just saying on the weekend that I need to start learning to cook it! You have great recipes, keep them coming! I pinned this today too.

    • Arielle says:

      Awe thanks so much Michelle that is very sweet of you! I LOVE indian food! I used brown lentils, but you could use red as well, I don’t see it turning out any different. Let me know if you make it, would love to hear your feedback!! Thanks again!

    • Kate says:

      Red lentils are a fraction of the size, they tend to completely disappear when cooked. If you substituted them you would end up with a bowl of mush, with no resemblance to the dish above. Brown, or even French, would work great. Please don’t attempt this dish with red unless you would like a bowl of baby food ;)

  3. I have never made lentils but omg they look delicious Ari! I still can’t believe you’re going to have another baby :D

  4. Yummy! I’m a huge fan of Indian too and I always need more ways to use up lentils(I swear they’re reproducing in my cupboard!) I’m a fan of anything vegetarian made in the crock pot, I don’t have enough veggie recipes for the crock pot. Going to try this for sure :)

  5. Ooh how I love Indian food! Yay for this! I am always loving new Indian recipes :)

  6. Jen says:

    Sorry this is a silly question…am I right that you cook the lentils FIRST and then put them into the crock pot? I’m making this tonight and want to be sure I don’t have mush lentils:) Thanks!!!

    • Arielle says:

      Not a silly question at all! You are right though, the recipe calls for already cooked lentils, so you don’t want to add dry lentils to the pot. If you don’t have access/time for cooked lentils, you could sub chickpeas too! Hope that helps!!

    • Kate says:

      Alternatively if you have dried lentils in your cupboard use them up! Toss them in with water (or a bit of broth) ahead for a few hours to cook them in the crock pot, then toss in the rest :)

  7. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for the speedy reply!!! I’ve got lentils, and will cook ‘em now:) I’m excited for dinner!

  8. Christina. says:

    Hi Ari,

    Came across your blog a few days ago and LOVE it. Just wondering, how do you cook your lentils before putting them in the crockpot? Boiling?? Thanks in advance!

  9. Lori says:

    Are you sure it’s necessary to cook them before? I figure that the time in the crock pot would cook them enough. Lentils cook pretty quickly.

  10. Alex says:

    I am making those recipe right now! Found it on pinterest. Can’t wait :)

  11. Amy says:

    I made this last night with dry lentils & doubled the stock. Turned out great! Delicious:)

  12. Lulu says:

    I love lentils and my kids love legumes too so this is a great recipe to include to my rotation. Instead of sweet potatoes I added carrots (we had sweet potatoes yesterday) The smell is so good I just want to spoon it out of the crock pot now! Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. Grace says:

    Is this a low fat low calorie meal? ( The Lentils)

    • Arielle says:

      I don’t know the nutritional information exactly, but It’s definitely not a high fat meal, and I can’t imagine it being high in calories :) Hope that helps Grace!

  14. Michele says:

    I put dried lentils in and doubled the stock as wel. Mine did not cook and we had crunchy lentils as a result. Anyone know a good way to use this as a crockpot meal without having to cook the lentils or buy canned ones? Thanks!

  15. Yvette Muir says:

    This is without a doubt, the BEST lentil recipe I have ever tried (and I’ve tried about 50)!! I’m throwing away all my other recipes!! Thanks so much :)

  16. Mary says:

    This recipe is amazing!!! I added carrots and potatoes instead of sweet potatoes! Thanks for posting!!!

  17. Kat says:

    Just put ingredients in the crock pot. My husband is going to be a very happy man when he comes home :-) made just one change to the recipe. I had to use white potatos because we didn’t have any sweet at home…hope it still turns out good :-)

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