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Coconut, Kale and Lentil Stew

Isn't it wonderful when you find a recipe that is simple to make, tastes divine (did I just claim that? - well it tastes pretty good) and is healthy & vegan to boot! So, do try this. I'll admit that it isn't a great looker as lentils tend to make things look grungy but do not be deterred. CKL stew is great for a mid week meal served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon, or it can be 'poshed up' a bit with naans and dips as part of an Indian meal, and any leftovers can be made into a soup by adding more water or stock.

Generous serving for 2

1 onion, chopped

10oz Lentils ( I prefer Puy but brown is ok)

500ml Coconut Milk

1 pint vegetable stock

1 large sweet potato

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon of grated fresh ginger

1 tsp salt

2 - 3 Tablespoons of curry powder ( I use Medium)

1 Cinnamon stick or 1 tsp cinnamon powder

3 handfuls of chopped kale (stems removed)


Fry off the onion in a large saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, apart from the kale.

Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 mins.

Check the lentils are cooked through.

Add more water if needed.

Add the kale to the kale and cook for about 5 - 10 mins.


I serve with a spoonful of yoghurt or lime pickle or mango chutney.

A note now about growing Sweet Potatoes. Don't. Save your money. I tried growing them following all the advice, and even the weather played ball by delivering a hot summer which the SPs should adore. However, after lots of attention my crop produced masses of foliage but no potatoes worth eating. Garden centres seem to have made the young plants more readily available to customers over recent years, promoting it enthusiastically to novice growers, but I just don't think they are an easy crop to grow. Might be just me of course, but I've tried twice now in ideal growing conditions and no joy. So it's best to go down the easy route and purchase these beauties from the market, super or otherwise.

I cannot claim that I grew the sweet potato on my allotment for this recipe, but I can claim the fresh kale and garlic which I have used here. I do hope you enjoy cooking this easy meal and do let me know if you have the magic touch with sweet potatoes.

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