Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New! Wonderful! Lentils!

It's possible that we've found a new lentil recipe that will eclipse David Lebovitz's Lentilles Du Puy recipe... And the best news:

Instead of the green lentils, it asks for black, beluga lentils (cheaper and far more readily available stateside than French Lentilles Du Puy).


Carrots and Lentils in Olive Oil

1 cup black beluga lentils, rinsed
3 cups water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, halved lengthwise, then sliced thin across the grain
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced thin (about 4 cups sliced)
1 tablespoon tomato paste dissolved in 1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1. Combine the lentils with 3 cups water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Set a strainer over a bowl, and drain.
2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a heavy casserole or skillet. Add the onion and coriander seeds. Cook, stirring, until the onion is tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic and carrots and salt to taste. Cook, stirring, for two to three minutes until the carrots begin to soften. Stir in the dissolved tomato paste, sugar and lentils. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water from the lentils (enough to cover the lentils), salt to taste and half the mint. Bring to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are tender and much of the liquid has evaporated. Taste and adjust salt. Remove from the heat, sprinkle on the remaining mint and serve, or allow to cool and serve at room temperature with cooked whole grains, like bulgur or quinoa.
Yield: Serves four to six.
Advance preparation: This will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. The dish is delicious served at room temperature.
We served these lentils along side a delicious lamb sausage that we picked up at the grocery this afternoon. Everything about this dinner was extremely tasty, and according to some optimistic folks at the NY Times, it was also extremely healthy (minus the sausage.) Yum, yum!

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