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Old 12-20-2004, 12:17 AM   #1
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ISO Lentil recipes

MDW (me really ) is currently on a lentil binge.

Any recipes worth trying.

She (he) is trying to lose some weight after putting on kilos from all the fine recipes gleaned from this site. We (he) can't fit in the plane. :oops: :oops:

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Old 12-20-2004, 12:41 AM   #2
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I make a lentil soup. Saute onions and garlic. Add lentils with a can of tomatoes and some chicken or vegetable stock. Add cumin to taste. Cook until tender.

We sprinkle dried chili flakes over it but we like spicy.

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Old 12-20-2004, 01:29 AM   #3
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Hello & thank you Pam for your reply.
I like the sound of Tomato & Lentil soup.

I've looked vitually everywhere & the recipes I've found bomb the lentils with the things I'm trying to avoid to lose some weight. Unfortunately I have gone a bit bananas on many of the recipes posted here & have blown up like a balloon. Now I have to trim down again & what a time of year to be doing it.

A rib sticker (serve 1 + leftovers):
1 Cup Lentils - well washed.
2 Cups Water or chicken / veg stock
1 Tbsp oil
1 sm - med onion finely diced
1 sm carrot finely diced
1 sm Zucchini finely diced
1 clove garlic diced, mashed (or mutilated)
1/2 - 1 tsp Dijon Mustard (or mustard seeds)
2 - 3 tsp Your favorite Curry powder or paste
1/2 - 1 Tbsp coriander (greens)
Salt & pepper to taste
Yogurt, mint & cucumber (for raita)

Method:
Oil into a pan place & heat. If using mustard seeds add & allow to start popping. Add all veges & saute til onions are opaque. Add curry powder/paste and cook off. Add dijon (if using). Add Lentils & stir for a minute, then add liquid. Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. I like to stir regularly. The mixture thicken quickly after about 8 minute on slow simmer.

When serving consistency achieved (should collapse behind your stirring stick), add diced coriander to taste & also a dash of Soy Sauce (to taste).

Serve with pappadams or crusty bread, or serve as a side dish. Chilli flakes welcome

Raita: 2 Tbsp yogurt + 1Tblsp chopped Mint + 1/2 Tbsp finely diced cucumber. Mix in a bowl & serve as accompaniment.

Leftovers should thicken more & I love it on toast for breakfast.
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:40 PM   #4
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That sounds really nice!! I will try that after Christmas.

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Old 12-21-2004, 12:57 AM   #5
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This recipe is from my recipe files, I have not tried it, yet. But it looked good. The sausages just could be omitted from the recipe.


Lentil Tomato Soup with Red Wine

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3-4 gourmet sausage links (e.g. chicken and basil), sliced
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 cups dry brown lentils
1/2 cup red wine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Place the onions in the pot and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add sausage and saute for 5-7 more minutes, or until onions are tender and sausage lightly browned.
Add lentils and stir until slightly toasted, about 1 minute. Break up the canned tomatoes into chunks and add to the pot, along with the tomato juices (if you desire a smoother base, you can puree the tomatoes in a food processor or blender before adding to the pot.) Add chicken broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Then, stir in the wine, garlic, nutmeg and cloves. Simmer for at least 25 more minutes, or until lentils are tender.
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Old 12-21-2004, 01:01 AM   #6
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Brooksy, try this link below.

http://vegweb.com/recipes/beans/inde...-lentils.shtml
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Old 12-21-2004, 10:56 AM   #7
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I have shared the recipe for fragrant lentil rice many a times. It is chockful of veggies, lentils and you can add meat to it as well.

2 cups Lentils ( I like to cook mine in a pot of boiling water until they are aldente). Drain and reserve on the side (just like cooking pasta)

2 cups of long grain rice (cooked similar to lentils, by boiling a pot full of water, adding salt and then washed rice to the water. Let the rice cook in the boiling water until al dente, then drain in a colander and reserve on the side)

Now aromatics - One small medium onion sliced thinly, red and green bell pepper strips, handful of frozen peas, 1 jalapeno finely chopped (if you like it spicy), 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped, handful of freshly chopped mint and cilantro, zest of a lemon and juice of half of a lemon. Salt and black pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder. Canola or any other mild cooking oil (about 3 tbsp), 1 tsp of whole cumin seeds, salt and pepper to taste.

In a large saute pan, add the oil. WHen it's hot, thrown in the cumin seeds, garlic and jalapeno and let them saute for a minute. Next add the onions and fry until they are golden brown and crisp. Next add the peas and bell peppers and saute them for a minute. Now add the cinnamon powder, lemon zest and lemon juice follwed by the lentils, rice, cilantro and mint. Stir to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed.

Cover and let this cook on the lowest flame setting for 30-40 minutes.

You can throw in chicken breasts or even ground beef to this recipe as well.

Serve with raita (here is how I make mine) - 1 cup of whole milk yogurt, 1/2 yellow onion finely diced, 1 small cucumber finely diced, 1 tomato finely diced, handful of cilantro and mint, salt and black pepper to taste, dash of lemon juice. Stir all this together, cover and chill in the refrigerator.
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:39 PM   #8
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Stone the Crows!

Thanks for all the suggestions. What can I say?

Question: Is Cilantro the same as coriander (leaves)?

We make our own yogurt as well.

To make raita I like to make a special yogurt by adding extra cream, powder milk and a bit of sugar to the yogurt starter. Not too much sugar though. I'm looking forward to trying yours Yakuta, as well as your lentils & rice. Thanks.

Thanks also Sierra, looking forward to it & thanks for the link, it's loading as I type (trying Mozilla browser) .

WOW. What a selection! Thank you very much.

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but been extremely busy away from the computer.
As this is my last post until after Xmas, may I wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year from MDW, extended and immediate family, and especially myself.

You are all worth a million dollars.

Thank you.
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Old 12-22-2004, 12:28 PM   #9
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Brooksy, yes cilantro is the same as corrainder leaves. It's called cilantro in the US but outside of that most places it is called corrainder leaves.
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Sierracook, may I also thank you for the site. I am off for the next two weeks and plan to do some experimenting!

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