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Monday, October 6, 2014

ginger/garlic lentils Indian inspired

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 I have tried a lot of lentil recipes, but I really like the flavor in this one! [got most of the recipe from veganomicon -the ultimate vegan cookbook]

1 tab coconut oil (or oil of choice)
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch cube fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 large onion diced
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cumin
tiny pinch of cayenne
1 cup dried lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons of catsup
1 tablespoon or so of orange juice
a slice of a juice lime squeezed (I just used about an inch slice0
1/2 teaspoon of salt OR to TASTE

In heavy bottomed 3 quart pot melt coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and ginger and let it sizzle for 30 seconds.  Add onion and fry 3 min or so until translucent and soft.  Stir in garam masala, cumin, and cayenne, and stir for 30 sec or so until fragrant.  Add lentils and water and increase heat and bring to boil and then lower the heat to medium low.  Partially cover and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until lentils have absorbed most of the water and are tender.  They will be thick and you can add a bit of water if you want them thinner.  Add the catsup , OJ, and lime and salt.  blend well.  Cook a few minutes more to blend the taste.  Serve over rice

1 comment:

Poppy said...

I love lentils, and they're so good for you with all that iron! The Greeks make theirs with bay leaves and lots of onions and garlic, tomato sauce and olive oil. I'd like to try your spicy version; it looks and sounds delicious!

Poppy