Healthy Camping Recipe – Lentil and Cashew Curry with Yoghurt

Did we mention we’re working on a ‘non campervan building but still campervan related’ long term project?  That’s right, some of us at Achtung Camper are pooling together our knowledge and love of healthy cooking, nutrition and campervan living to eventually publish a healthy eating campervan cookbook.  The requirements?  Meals have to be super nutritious, super simple and super tasty.  Not to mention only include ingredients that are super easy to source wherever you are in Australia!

One of potential meals is this virtually ‘no cooking’ curry.  The ingredients are all healthy but are all pantry items so you can shop for this a month before you cook it.

We look forward to your comments and tips once you’ve tried it out!

Lentil and Cashew Curry with Yoghurt


  • 1 diced large onion
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tin lentils
  • 1 tin organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin light organic coconut milk
  • 200 g roughly chopped raw cashews
  • Organic natural yoghurt
  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add the curry powder and continue to slowly cook for a further minute.
  2. Add the lentils, chopped tomatoes, coconut milk and cashews. Simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt.

Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are!

Recipe inspired by Puy Lentil curry recipe published on the Victoria Government’s Betterhealth website.


Methylated Spirits camping cooker – product review

It seems that all the campervans for sale these days come with the same camping cooker – the Origo 3000 2 burner alcohol stove (available in Australia from Dometic). For those who have only ever cooked with gas we’ve got the lowdown on cooking with metho and why it seems to be the way of the future.

At about 10 times the price of a gas stove and the same size, you would be excused for doubting it’s value, however this cooker’s major benefit is a big one – No gas. No gas means no fumes, completely safe for inside cooking and no carrying around heavy and potentially dangerous gas bottles.

Fill up your alcohol cooker with 2 litres of metho before you leave for your trip and you’ll have enough fuel for a week of cooking. Don’t be deceived when you open the top of the cooker to fill it up with metho, it fits A LOT of liquid in there!


Pull out cooker in campervan conversion

The only downside that we’ve encountered is that they’re very slow cooking in windy conditions. If you are cooking outside, there’s a breeze and your water is taking AGES to boil then you’d be best to move the cooker inside out of the wind. We also supply a wind/weather protector with the cooker so you can use it outside in all conditions!