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Old 09-23-2005, 01:57 PM   #11
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lentil soup with sausage, with kale and potato, with parsnips and curry

good recipes above and New Joy of Cooking also has some good ones

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Old 09-23-2005, 05:36 PM   #12
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French lentils true name are Puy lentils or lentils du Puy, they are held by some to be the the best type of lentil.

My favourite recipe is actually one given to me by my Peruvian flatmate's mum. I cooked it a couple of days ago (still got the leftovers...oh yeah!) with some of my own additions.

Her original recipe calls for:
500g brown/green lentils
1 brown onion, finely chopped
sliced red chillies, to taste
500g jar bolognaise sauce
soy sauce, to taste
bacon and/or sausage, optional

I took the recipe and tweaked it (admittedly only made half of the recipe, it makes alot) adding:
- some bay leaves
- crushed garlic
- finely chopped carrot
- finely sliced pancetta
- finely sliced chorizo

Cook the lentils until very tender (the end texture is disintegrated lentil) in boiling water and drain.

While the lentils are cooking, cook the pancetta, chorizo, onion and carrot in some oil until vegetables are softened. Add the garlic and chilli (if using) and cook a little longer. Add the bolognaise sauce and water equal to about half the amount of sauce. Add the lentils and some soy sauce. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until it is the consistency you want (my mate's mum cooks it till its quite dry, I prefer it a little wetter). Add soy sauce to taste.

It is a delicious recipe, the smoky flavours from the bacon/pancetta and chorizo go nicely with the earthy flavours of the lentils. I don't know how a Peruvian decided to use soy sauce, but it goes great here.

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Old 09-25-2005, 04:19 PM   #13
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geebs, I had a friend who used to make the most wonderful lentil and sausage casserole. don't remember the other ingredients, but you are a good enough cook to wing it and come up with something tasty.
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:15 PM   #14
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GB, I think I have shared with you my fragrant lentil rice recipe that can be made with American, French or any other lentils. If you don't have it let me know and I will jott it down for you.
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Old 09-26-2005, 07:32 AM   #15
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Yakuta I think I used to have it stored in my palm pilot, but when that died I must have lost it. I would love to have it again if you want to post it. Thanks
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:33 PM   #16
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Lentils - 3 cups (wash them and then boil them in water like you do to pasta. Add salt to the water). Drain the lentils when they are aldente and not a mush
Basmati Rice - 4 cups (Again bring water to a boil, add salt to it and put washed basmati rice and cook it until aldente, drain and reserve)

Other ingredients:

2 tsp cumin seeds
3 bay leaves
Grind the following to a powder - 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 cloves, 4-5 peppercorns
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of chopped carrots (small dice)
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 finely chopped jalapeno
1/4 cup of freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of freshly chopped mint
salt to taste
3 tbsp of oil

In a saute pan, add the oil. When the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and bay leaves. Next add the onion and saute it until golden. Then add the garlic and jalapeno and the spice mixture. Next add peas, carrots, lentils and rice, salt, cilantro and mint. Stir it all the combine. Cover and cook on the lowest setting for 30 minutes. Do not open the cover else you will lose the steam that you need to mingle the flavors together.

We normally serve this with a raita.
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:50 PM   #17
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Old 09-28-2005, 01:47 PM   #18
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Your Favorite Lentil Recipe

Don't be put off by the seemingly long list of ingredients. This soup is as easy to put together as it is delicious.

Red Lentil Soup With Indian Flavors
2 tbsp. oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp. ginger
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 (1 lb. pkg.) red lentils
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
4 celery stalks with leaves, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 tbsp. garlic
2 tsp. cardamom
pinch each salt, saffron, pepper
7 cups chicken broth

Heat oil in skillet. Saute onion. Add ginger and curry.

Place lentils in slow cooker. Add onion mixture, tomatoes, celery, carrot, garlic, cardamom, salt, saffron, pepper. Pour broth over all. Cover, cook on low for 7 hours.
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Lentil Soup

2 cups uncooked lentils, washed
8 cups water or veg stock
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced or tsp. of garlic powder
tomatoes, chopped @ 2-3
1 stalk celery, chopped
1-2 potatoes, chopped
2 tbsp. oil
2 bay leaves
1-2 tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients in a soup pot and cook until lentils are very soft; about 1-1- hours. Add 2 tsp. vinegar at the end and serve.

I use white or cider vinegar with this one.

Excellent with cornbread on cold nights.

I got this from a friend from New York while both of us were assigned to the same Army unit in The Netherlands.

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Old 10-02-2005, 11:03 PM   #20
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I hope it's ok to post this message on this thread. I just tried to cook lentil soup in a crockpot and man, was it a disaster. It's been cooking on low for 6 hours (per the recipe) and the veggies are still hard and crunchy (not sure if it's my machine or not, I've now turned it on high) I've included a copy of the recipe, can anyone "fix" it or provide a different crockpot/lentil recipe? Thanks a bunch!!

28oz can whole tomato
28oz can tomato sauce
3/4 c diced onion
1 c diced carrot
2 1/2 c water (i used mushroom stock)
2 c chopped ham (used ham bone)
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp dried mustard
3 tbspn brown sugar
1 c lentils (I doubled this since it seemed skimpy on the lentils)

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