Two Burner Kitchen : Lentil-Veggie Coconut curry

A big part of moving to Tanzania has been spending a lot of time googling “how to make ‘x’  from scratch. There is no such thing as instant or pre-made here. Well there is a few things you can find but be prepared to shell out 4 or 5 times the price in the States. Not doable on my budget.

Then in the beginning of October I moved to much more modest housing, which cut my expenses down drastically. I don’t own a refrigerator, a freezer, or a traditional stove/oven. My “kitchen” now consists of two gas burners. So welcome to the first recipe post from the “two burner kitchen”.

Lentil- Veggie coconut curry


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of dried red chili flakes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup dry yellow lentils
  • 3 large carrots, cut into strips
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup coconut milk (or 1/2 cup water mixed with coconut milk powder)


  1. Heat pot over medium heat with water, oil, garlic powder, ginger powder, cumin powder, curry powder, red chili flakes, carrots and lentils, bring to a boil and then reduce slightly for 20-40 minutes (until lentils are tender) Add salt to taste.
  2. In a separate pot, boil the cauliflower and broccoli until tender (around 5 minutes) and then drain
  3. Add tomatoes and the cauliflower and broccoli to the lentil pot. Let boil together 3-5 minutes.
  4.   Serve over rice**recipe greatly adapted from here based on what I had/could getIMG_9637

Just as another little peek into life in Tanzania, this is where I wash dishes.

IMG_9641Blue is the soapy/wash bucket. Brown is the rinse bucket. Then I dry them and the hang out on that bench. The big green bucket is where I keep my water. The red bucket with the tap is my water filter.

Welcome to my kitchen!


5 thoughts on “Two Burner Kitchen : Lentil-Veggie Coconut curry

  1. You have such an awesome perspective to write from! My husband and I both feel lead to plant churches overseas (unfortunately Gods still got us in the prep phase) but I will pin this and keep in mind for one day when we are! Thank you!

  2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I loved this peek into your kitchen! It would be so hard for me to try to cook with only two burners and no place to get the ingredients I usually use. I bet you are learning a lot of cool cooking tricks! This was a great idea for a post, and I can’t wait to see more.

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