Lentils

Lentil Soup

Lentils deserve more praise. Lentil soup is one of those recipes that should be in every cook’s repertoire. They’re available in most grocery stores and are high in protein, healthy and very cheap. This dish has proven to be my favourite as it’s so easy to prepare and difficult to mess up. Enjoy this traditional and warming dish.

 Prep time: 10 mins, Cooking time: 20 – 50 mins (depending on your lentils)


Lentils and Spinach


2 T Butter
1 T olive oil
2 onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup lentils, rinsed
4 C water
2 bouillon cubes
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1 can diced tomatoes, drained over paper towel
pepper to taste ( about 1/2 tsp)
2 C Spinach, rinsed and chopped

1. In a pot, on medium-low heat, saute onions and garlic in butter and oil for about 5 minutes.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except for spinach and tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-2 1/2 hours or until lentils are soft.

Creamy Lentil Soup with Carmelized Onions

•1-1/2 cups red lentils
•4 cups chicken broth or water (bouillon cubes)
•1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
•1 (1-inch) piece ginger root, peeled and chopped
•2 tomatoes, chopped
•1 cup milk
•1-1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
•1/4 cup unsalted butter
•1 yellow onion, finely shredded
•1 teaspoon cumin seeds
•Fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
•1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Preparation:
Pick over the lentils, removing any stones or misshapen or discolored lentils. Rinse thoroughly and place in a nonreactive deep pot. Add the chicken broth or water, turmeric, ginger, and tomatoes bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes until the lentils are soft.

Red Lentil Curry

2 cups red lentils
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons curry paste
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger root, minced
1 (14.25 ounce) can tomato sauce

Directions
1.Wash the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear (this is very important or the lentils will get "scummy"), put the lentils in a pot with water to cover and simmer covered until lentils tender.(add more water if necessary).
2.While the lentils are cooking: In a large skillet or saucepan, caramelize the onions in vegetable oil.

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