My Thai green red lentil curry recipe is a great frugal family meal and tastes as good as a takeaway, well actually even better! I created this fab meal partly by accident and a little bit of luck by combining what ingredients I had in the cupboard and looking at about 5 recipes online to create my own.
This can also be vegan thai green curry if you use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
1 large, finely chopped onion
1 cup dried red lentils (rinsed in a sieve under running water)
3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1 400ml can of light coconut milk (a bit healthier)
200g green beans, trimmed and washed
35g fresh coriander (including stalks)
Spray oil or 1 tbsp oil for frying
1-2 tbs Thai green curry paste or follow instructions on the brand you are using
2 green chillis or 1 tsp lazy chilli (more or less for your spice preference)
Blend the stock, coconut milk and coriander. (I used a hand blender and a large jug.)
Preheat the oil in a pan over a medium heat before cooking the onion for 5 minutes. Add the chilli and stir to cook for a further 2 minutes.
Stir in the blended stock, coconut milk and coriander. Add the rinsed red lentils, stir and bring to the boil before covering and allowing to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Stir occasionally and add a little more water if too thick.
Add the chopped green beans to the curry for the last 3-4 minutes and serve with rice and anything else you fancy such as papadums or naan bread.
I served this with white rice and coriander naan bread (only because we had it in the cupboard).
Because of the lentils it made this a lovely thick curry which was enjoyed by the whole family although a little spicy for my nearly 5 year old. There are plenty of thai green curry recipes online, some use lime and fish sauce along with other ingredients but this was incredibly tasty without all the extra ingredients.
Lentils are a great source of protein and fibre but they are also such fantastic value for money which makes this a frugal family meal. Ordinarily, we would have had chicken curry so lentils were a great alternative and now I’m on a mission to create some more lentil recipes and if successful I shall grab my camera, snap some shots and share the recipe.