Curried Red Bean Dip with Veggies

Your holiday guests deserve healthy, colorful snacks! My friends went crazy for this yummy high-protein dip, and every single person asked me for the recipe. So here it is. Sliced veggies are easy and economical – look for veggies in every color of the rainbow. I’m skipping nutritionally empty foods like chips, crackers and processed dips. Instead I use colorful radishes, turnips, daikon, yellow beets, zucchini, peas, etc. They’re all wonderfully ALIVE! 

These flavorings are mild, so please feel free to add more seasoning LIBERALLY to your own taste such as more vinegar, lemon, salt, garlic, and spices. Sample it as you process, and allow it come alive with flavor! BTW this recipe is not Paleo, since I’m told our ancestors didn’t eat beans. Do you believe that? Ha ha! Well, I love beans, however you do HAVE to SOAK them at least 8 hours and cook them until very soft with NO SALT – otherwise they’re indigestible. That’s the simple secret I learned from my Paleo grandmother. You can make this dip with any bean – I like the color of red dal. You’ll need a food processor. Makes about 2 cups dip. Enjoy!
 

Curried Red Bean Dip with Veggies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 2 carrots, washed and coarsely chopped
  • Other ingredients:
  • 170 grams pure coconut butter (That's 3/4 cup if it is soft)
  • 1 large clove crushed garlic, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon unprocessed salt, or more as needed for flavor
  • 1 1/2 inches ginger root, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard seed, or more if you want it spicy
  • a pinch of hot pepper of cayenne (Optional. Omit if you're nightshade intolerant)
  • 1/2 cup pure coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey, optional to taste

Instructions

  1. Get out a medium stainless steel saucepan with a heavy bottom. Use it to soak the lentils in 3 cups filtered water overnight or up to 24 hours. When finished, rinse and drain the lentils in a colander.
  2. Put the drained lentils and coarsely chopped carrots into the saucepan and cover with filtered water. Bring to a boil WITHOUT SALT, then turn down to very low simmer until they're very soft. Keep an eye so they don't boil over or burn on the bottom. Usually 1/2 hour to 45 minutes on low should make them very soft. Drain all the liquid out. Let them sit in the colander over a bowl to release liquid, so your dip won't be runny.
  3. In a medium food processor, add the warm lentil-carrot mixture. Add ALL the other ingredients. Process very well until smooth and creamy. Taste the dip and adjust your seasoning to your taste by adding more spices, salt, vinegar, garlic, etc. Oh, be fearless as you adjust the seasoning until you LOVE it! Dips can handle more seasonings than you may think, and this is a healthy snack.
  4. Refrigerate if desired, to thicken the texture of the dip. I prefer it at room temperature so the flavors come out...so I remove it from the fridge 3 hours before serving to warm up a bit. That's it! Enjoy with sliced veggies.