Tuesday, January 03, 2012

hey, it's lunchtime!

Because I love you and I want you to eat well and be healthy and I don't want you to have to choke down on gross, disgusting food that you know you should eat but really would not even feed to your dog, here is one way to eat lentils that actually tastes good. I got this a long time ago--and have, in fact, posted this recipe on this blog once already--from my friend Michelle. I'm even stealing her picture. Thanks Michelle!

Red Lentil Soup

1 c split red lentils
3/4 c chopped onion
3 c water
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cloves garlic
1 green chilies (remove seeds for milder heat)
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled & chopped or dried ground to taste
1 16 oz cans whole tomatoes w/juice
3 T veg oil
1 T ghee or unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
fresh coriander garnish
can replace 1 tablespoon olive oil w/ ghee if you have it

In sauce pan combine the lentils, water, tumeric, cumin, ground coriander, and chili powder. Heat to boil, reduce heat cook covered 30 minutes.
In blender combine garlic, onion, chili, and ginger; process until fine. In a skillet heat 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee in pan. Add mix from blender and cook 2 minutes. Make sure the lentils are cooked. Stir in garlic mixture, salt, chopped tomatoes, rest of olive oil, into the lentils. Llet simmer until thick (about 30 mins).

Makes 6 1-cup servings.
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