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reeeed lentils!

Several people asked for katharhino's lentil recipe, so here it is!

Indian-Spiced Red Lentils (from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)

2 T vegetable oil
1 onion, minced (America's Test Kitchen likes 'em some onion. You could cut down on this amount if you're not crazy about oniony flavors.)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 T grated ginger
1 t garam masala
3 C water
1 1/4 C red lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 C coconut milk
1/4 C minced fresh cilantro (I leave this out most of the time unless we happen to have it on hand)
3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped (it's okay without the tomatoes, too, since I only eat tomatoes in season)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and garam masala and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in the water, lentils, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook until the lentils break down to form a thick puree, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the tomatoes before serving.

I left out the tomatoes and cilantro for reasons of not having any presently, and added extra garam masala and about 3-4 T of lime juice. It is TASTY and I get to have it for lunch again today!


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Jan. 16th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome :) I've copied it to try out once I get hold of some lentils :)
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oh good, you found it for me! I was going to try and post in reply to several people. Please note: This is awesome with naan to soak it up. Also try dollop of yogurt on top.
Jan. 16th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
This sounds so yummy. Two questions: 1) where does one find garam masala? And 2) what do you like to serve this with? Pilaf? Flat bread? I want to try this next week. I think both Nora and Matt would enjoy it! :)
Jan. 16th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Decent grocery stores (maybe even Walmart - I haven't looked) should have garam masala in the regular spice section. You can also make it yourself, if you are the kind of person who has a ton of spices on hand anyway. This is what I've been doing for a while. Google a recipe, but it's usually just a combo of spices that begin with C: cumin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon. And some pepper.

We make naan and it's GREAT with naan, but pita bread would also work. Even a crusty rustic bread would be kinda good, although it would be cross-cultural fusion that way.
Jan. 16th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
What Katherine said! I make my own garam masala blend, but I've seen it in grocery stores around here too. And if you can't find it, use curry powder instead or even just a lot of cumin.

I've been eating it by itself for my lunches, but I usually find myself craving bread ... any kind of bread! to go with it.
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you both! I'm trying this out tomorrow. Yummmmm. :D
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