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Caribbean Curried Peas (Lentils)

Caribbean Curried Peas (Lentils)

Liz and Sylvan

"This recipe can be eaten as a main or side dish. The key to developing the flavor (and not missing the meat) is caramelizing and developing deep browning of the onions and carrots. In the Caribbean, cooks call this 'burning' the onions."
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1 h 15 m servings 373 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 44.9g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 433 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Heat canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion, carrots, salt, black pepper, and sugar until onion is a deep brown color, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, chile pepper, ginger, and curry powder. Stir constantly to incorporate, about 5 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-heat and stir 1 can vegetable broth into the onion mixture. Scrape up any vegetables or curry powder stuck to the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Add lentils and remaining 1 can of vegetable broth; cook until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir cilantro into lentils before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Although this is a vegetarian dish, pork and lamb may be added in when browning the onions. This recipe is delicious with any dried beans including black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans (chick peas). As a main dish, we serve this over rice.

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  1. 11 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

To use ingredients we had on hand, I did make the following changes: 1 level tsp. of ginger powder, chili powder, cilantro powder (instead of fresh ginger, chili, cilantro), and I used only 2 TB...

Most helpful critical review

I won't make again, didn't care for it.

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To use ingredients we had on hand, I did make the following changes: 1 level tsp. of ginger powder, chili powder, cilantro powder (instead of fresh ginger, chili, cilantro), and I used only 2 TB...

YUMMMMMMMMMMY. I used Chicken broth and served over basmati rice cooked in lite coconut milk and WOW....this had great flavor.

Great flavor and easy to make. I used jalapeño and added diced green pepper and celery. Like another reviewer commented, I needed to add extra water and extend the cook time for the lentils to...

This is one of the best lentil recipes I've done so far and I have done a ton, I’m a lentil maniac. It’s a bit spicy though but so very tasty. Only change was the stock, used beef cause had no...

It took forever to brown the carrots and onion, but it sure smelled good! I cut back to using just 2 T curry powder, and DH thought it was plenty hot enough for him! This is a great tasting di...

I won't make again, didn't care for it.

I loved it! The only substitutions I made because I used what I had available was using chicken broth and using chili powder mixed with a dash of cayenne pepper (1 tbsp) in the place of a fresh...

I added more carrots than called for. Only added 2 t curry powder. It turned out very good! Love these kinds of dishes..healthy and delicious!

Great Recipe!!!! Followed it almost to a tee. Easy and delicious.

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