The 22nd National Curry Week takes place from the 5th to 11th October 2020. Founded by the late Peter Grove, a prominent journalist who had fallen in love with curry, his vision was to drive awareness and appreciation of the burgeoning Indian restaurant industry, whilst also raising funds for charity.
It has often been said that curry is the “national dish” of Britain with curry houses becoming a staple of the high street since the 1970’s. As millions of curries are consumed every single week, National Curry Week is an opportunity for the British to celebrate their love of all things curry. With the extensive use of herbs and spices, vegan curries have become a popular healthier, but equally as tasty, alternative to meat dishes, and this week is the perfect time to try something new.
Marlene Watson-Tara, author of the definitive vegan book Go Vegan says,
“many people are turning to a vegan diet in the desire to live a healthier life, with a focus on wholegrain, beans, vegetables from land and sea, fruits, nuts and seeds, and these ingredients work particularly well in spicey curries.”
Marlene suggests trying her red lentil coconut curry, a warming curry in the South Indian style, flavoured with aromatic fresh ginger, cumin and coriander. It’s made extra creamy and luscious thanks to the addition of organic coconut milk.
- Red Lentil Coconut Curry
- 3 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp mild curry powder
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1½ cups red lentils
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 2 medium-sized courgettes, diced into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
- 1 or 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- Lime slices
In a heavy-based pan, cook the shallots, ginger and garlic in a splash of filtered water for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spices and salt and stir well. Stir in the water, lentils and coconut milk. Allow the mixture to simmer over a low flame, covered, whilst stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Stir in the courgette and tamari, cover and cook until courgette and lentils are tender. Add more water to reach the desired consistency. Taste-test then stir in the coriander. Serve the curry with white or brown basmati rice to round out this comforting meal. Makes 4–6 servings.
Marlene is a high profiled and dedicated health counsellor and teacher with over 40 years’ experience of transforming lives. She is a graduate of T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies eCornell, New York and an expert in her field on plant-based nutrition. Marlene an international author of the best-selling book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ and her most recent book ‘Go Vegan’, which is also available worldwide. Her dietary advice draws from the fields of Macrobiotic Nutrition, her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and her certification in plant-based nutrition. Marlene teaches alongside her husband Bill Tara and have graduates of their Health Coach Programme in 27 countries.