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Backpacker Magazine – June 2010

Recipe: Mango Curry with Rice and Lentils

In 20 minutes, you can have Asian in the backcountry.

by: Megan Eckman & Jeffrey Opp

Mango Curry w/ Rice & Lentils (Courtesy Photo)
Mango Curry w/ Rice & Lentils (Courtesy Photo)

2 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup green lentils (dry)
1 cup basmati rice
Curry
1 cup water
1/2 cup dried, chopped mangos
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon dried onions, chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

At Home
Mix all dry curry ingredients (mangos through cumin) in a zip-top bag.

In Camp

In a pot, bring 2 1/4 cups water, lentils, and rice to a boil. Simmer three to four minutes, cover, and set aside, allowing the rest of the water to be absorbed. In a second pot, add the zip-top-bag ingredients to one cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer five to 10 minutes, until mangos turn a slightly darker color and sauce has thickened. Scoop rice and lentils into bowls, and top with curry. Serve immediately.

Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Price $2 per serving
Weight 6.3 oz. per serving
Serves 2
Calories 619
Fat 1.5 g
Carbs 138 g
Protein 17 g


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Joe Graham
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Mango curry in the backcountry is a great idea.  We tried this once, and found some of the spices to be way too overpowering.  Also, to boost caloric content, we suggest adding a little oil.  For the second attempt we made these modifications, and it helped immensely:
Reduce garam masala to 1/2 tsp.
Reduce cayenne to 1/4 tsp (unless you like it REALLY hot).
Add 2 tbsp oil.
Add 2 tbsp tomato paste.

Also, if you want to keep it veggie, we substituted 3 tbsp mushroom powder and 3/4 tsp salt for the chicken bouillon. 

Mapi
Sep 09, 2010

Tom,
I would suggest adding chicken TVP or any other that you may have available. I recently made a variation of this meal adding somefreeze-dried veggies (zucchini, spinach, tomatoes,red and green peper) and some protein. It was sooo yummy!!

Rahfael
Aug 27, 2010

yummy hahah

Tom
Aug 09, 2010

This looks great, if you only need 1800 Calories a day to support a serious hiking or backpacking habit. What do you eat for the rest of the meal to push it closer to 1800 Calories per MEAL? Not sure anyone can eat two servings of this stuff at one sitting.

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