We’ve created this sweet and lightly spicy curry with inspiration from classic Indian flavors, and it aligns with the principles of the Mediterranean diet. This plant-based, vegan bowl is gluten-free and dairy-free, and controls sodium and added sugar.
A blend of vegetables and coconut milk, served over brown jasmine rice, and black lentils give it a rich, indulgent flavor while providing plenty of nutrition. Read on to find out exactly how its whole ingredients will help power your day.
Brown Jasmine Rice
Brown rice is a whole grain rice, and a great source of dietary fiber. A single bowl of the Great Karma Coconut Curry contains 9g of fiber, providing you with 32% of your daily recommended fiber intake. Brown jasmine rice also has a much lower glycemic index compared to regular white rice. Several studies show a link between eating low glycemic index foods and a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The Great Karma Coconut Curry contains two full servings of vegetables including kale, red bell peppers, carrots, and cauliflower. Together, these vegetables provide antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and a host of vitamins. Their various health benefits include reduced cholesterol levels, improved eye health, controlled blood pressure levels, and better cardiovascular health. This vegan curry also includes butternut squash. Did you know that this sweet and nutty-flavored squash is technically a fruit? It’s rich in Vitamin A, which is great for your hair and skin. Vitamin A helps in the production of sebum, which is a natural moisturizer. Butternut squash also contains an antioxidant called beta-carotene. Some studies suggest a correlation between consuming high quantities of beta-carotene and a reduced risk of asthma.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a type of legume, which are a key component of the Mediterranean diet. They contain iron, phosphate, calcium, manganese, zinc, and magnesium, all of which contribute to improved bone health. Research indicates that including chickpeas as a regular ingredient in your diet can help manage your cholesterol. The choline in chickpeas can also help with weight loss.
This delicious coconut curry contains black lentils, making it rich in plant-based proteins. Research suggests that greater consumption of plant-based proteins can help with managing your weight. This may be due to the fact that consuming lentils makes us feel fuller for longer periods of time. They are also high in fiber and have a low glycemic index. Lentils can help in reducing inflammation in the body.
We include coconut not only for its naturally sweet flavor but also for its incredible nutrition. Coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides. These naturally occurring compounds produce energy in our bodies through a process called thermogenesis, or heat production. Some studies indicate that this can lead to weight loss. Research also indicates that the lauric acid in coconut can trigger apoptosis, or cell death, in certain cancer cells.
Natural Herbs, Spices, and Seasoning
The Great Karma Coconut Curry gets its delicious flavor from natural ingredients. There is only 1g of total added sugar in this meal, with the majority of the sweetness coming from the natural sugar present in coconut milk. We use only sea salt in the seasoning, ensuring that the total sodium in the bowl is exactly 390mg. The spicy flavor can be credited to the presence of black mustard seeds, cumin, fenugreek leaves, and curry powder. One of the key ingredients of curry powder is turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
We cook this dish in avocado oil for a variety of reasons, namely, it’s nutritious and has a high smoke point. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids, which aid in the absorption of antioxidants. Most importantly, it’s delicious and lends itself well to many different flavor profiles and cooking styles.
Together, these ingredients harmonize to create a delicious, balanced meal that’s ready to eat in minutes, minus any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. That is why the Great Karma Coconut Curry is our definition of food that moves you. What do we mean by that?
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