Jun 182012

Creamy coconut Lentil stew
Lentil stew is a great new discovery. Lentil stew goes well with warm chapati, a flat bread made of wheat flour.  It is easy to make and quick for those days when you don’t have much time to cook a big dinner.

In Kenya, chapati is served with ndengu (green grams), but after searching all over the place for this exotic bean, in the USA, I opted to use green lentils and have never regretted it. Unlike ndengu, lentils are easy to cook and do not need overnight soaking.

6 servings

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground Turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups Lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Royco mchuzi mix* or 2 cubes chicken bouillon cubes

*Royco is a popular Kenyan  food seasoning powder, made with natural spices: coriander, cinnamon, fennel seeds, tumeric, ginger, garlic, cumin and methi seeds. It comes in chicken or beef flavors.

A good substitute is chicken buillon cubes.

Chicken cubes and  Royco

  1. In a skillet, heat oil, brown the turkey, season with salt, cayenne and black pepper.
  2. Add lentils, water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 min.
  3. Add Royco/ chicken buillon cubes, stir and cook another 10 -15 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  4. Add coconut milk, stir serve hot with Noodles, Chapati* or Rice.

Parathas/ substitute for Chapati
*Chapati is similar to tortillas, paratha, roti, nan or pita bread. Chapati are eaten warm with any kind of stew. You can find Chapati and Parathas in the freezer section of your local Indian store.

Enjoy your healthy meal with family any time of the week.


Lentil Stew and Paratha

If you would rather cook with ndengu rather than lentils, here is how:

  Soak the  ndengu (green grams) overnight. (just like you would with a pot of beans)

Place in cooking pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.

Simmer for about 30 minutes. 

Check if done, should be soft when squeezed

  3 Responses to “Food: Chapati and Creamy Coconut Turkey Lentils stew”

  1. I hate ndengu but after the Christmas festivities I need less meat more vegetable proteins in family meals. Will definitely try it

    • Hi Wangari. Hope you got to try the Ndengu. We try and have ndengu on our menu at least once a month. You could also substitute with black beans or black eyed peas or njahi.

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