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This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender!

This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes

To say I’m in love with this Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is an understatement! It all started when I was checking out the produce section at the store and saw the BIGGEST head of napa cabbage I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I needed it. And this recipe is the love child of that grocery trip. This recipe has simple ingredients, is super cozy and gives off fancy vibes without being too much work. You will definitely impress people when you place this on the center of your table!

Step One: Prep the Cabbage

Working with half of the cabbage (cut lengthwise) cut it into quarters. Cut those quarters in half (widthwise) so that you are left with 8 shorter wedges of cabbage.

This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes

NOTE: By cutting it this way, there will be some wedges that aren’t connected to the stem. They will be loose when cooking them, but they’ll still work just fine.

Heat the avocado oil in an oven-safe stock pot or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many wedges that will fit in the bottom of the pan and cook until charred on both sides (approx. 2-3 minutes per side). Remove from the stock pot and repeat with the remaining cabbage until it is all charred.

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Step Two: Make the Braising Liquid

With the cabbage out of the pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, red curry paste & ginger powder and cook down for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the lentils, coconut milk, broth & soy sauce and mix to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed – depending on the broth you used, you may need some salt.

Add the cabbage wedges back to the pot and gently press them into the liquid. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 30 minutes.

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Step Three: Serve

First, when you pull this out of the oven, take a minute to admire the beauty. Because it really is pretty. The liquid will have reduced by at least an inch and the cabbage will be super tender.

This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes
This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes

You can definitely eat this on it’s own, but I like to serve it over hot rice with some cilantro on top. It would also be great with a drizzle of chili onion crunch on top!

This dish is beautiful, healthy and satisfying. A truly delicious dinner!

This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes
This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #napacabbagerecipes #cozyveganrecipes

Braised Cabbage & Lentils

Servings: 4 large plates
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
This Braised Cabbage & Lentils recipe is perfection! Napa cabbage is cooked in a coconut curry sauce with lentils until super tender!
5 from 8 ratings

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the napa cabbage in quarters and then the quarters in half – you'll end up with 8 shorter wedges of cabbage (see notes).
  • Heat the avocado oil in an oven-safe stock pot or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many wedges that will fit in the bottom of the pan and cook until charred on both sides (approx. 2-3 minutes per side). Remove from the stock pot and repeat with the remaining cabbage until it is all charred.
  • Heat the sesame oil in the empty stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, red curry paste & ginger powder and cook down for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the lentils, coconut milk, broth & soy sauce and mix to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Add the cabbage wedges back to the pot and gently press them into the liquid. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, top with cilantro and serve with rice.

Video

Notes

  • You could just cut the napa cabbage half in quarters (and have 4 long pieces), but I find it easier to eat the small wedges. By cutting it this way you will end up with some wedges that aren’t attached to the stem and will be loose. Just do your best to flip them with tongs while frying. If they end up separated that is fine.
  • I used pre-cooked brown lentils – you can usually find them in the produce section at the store. I prefer to use cooked lentils so that they don’t absorb all of the broth while cooking. 
Calories: 513kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 36g
Cuisine: thai
Course: Main Course
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