Healthy, warming, and satisfying vegan curried lentil and butternut squash roti with a delicious cilantro lime cashew cream sauce for dipping.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:1 hour
Yield:4 servings 1x
1 cup uncooked green lentils
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing roti
7 cups peeled and cubed (1 inch cubes) butternut squash (from 1 large butternut squash)
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 tbsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp curry powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 10-12-inch whole grain flour tortillas
Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream:
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours and drained
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup fresh cilantro (some stems are fine)
1/4 + 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium clove of garlic
1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed to thin
Rinse and drain the lentils in a fine mesh sieve. Place them in a medium saucepan and cover with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain off any excess water, and set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the squash on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and a couple pinches of fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until tender. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
While the squash is in the oven, warm the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of sea salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Then add the red bell pepper and ginger and cook a couple minutes more.
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the spices plus the 1 tsp of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the spices to the vegetables in the skillet and stir to incorporate.
Add the lentils to the skillet, as well as the roasted butternut squash and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
To assemble the roti, place 1 heaping cup of lentil/squash mixture in the center of a tortilla and roll up. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with a bit of olive oil and place the roti in it. Repeat with the remaing 3 tortillas. Lightly brush a small amount of olive oil over each roti to enhance browning while baking.
Bake the roti for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges and crispy.
While the roti is baking, make the cilantro lime cashew cream. Blend together the soaked cashews, lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and water in a blender until ultra smooth and creamy, adding more water as needed if it seems too hard to blend. Transfer the cream into a glass jar and cover until ready to use.
Forgot to soak the cashews in advance? Simply soak them in boiling water for 45 minutes and proceed with the recipe.