Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Red Lentil Dal

You may be asking yourself,"what is with this woman and beans and lentils??  I admit it; I have a real thing for legumes...and love to try and convince 'non legume lovers' to convert.
Really... what is not to love about them??

If you are trying to slash your grocery bill, as I am always attempting to do (especially with two growing boys with growing appetites...), legumes are your answer!
They are very healthy (think: fiber and protein) , inexpensive (cents per serving), non perishable, adaptable to many recipes (soups, stews, loaves, pasta sauces etc, etc..) , environmentally friendly (less energy to produce) and delicious!

Here is a recipe that is perfect for beginner bean cooks. It is adapted from a favourite newish cookbook of mine: The Best of Chef at Home, by Michael Smith. (I am always so curious as to what chefs cook at home, aren't you?)

oooops, didn't mean to put two book links here - can't get it off!?!

Red Lentil Dal on Rice

Put 1 cup Basmati Rice and 2 cups water in the rice cooker ...or if you haven't gotten this vital kitchen tool (see past blogs) cook your rice in a pot on the stove...good luck!
For the last 10 - 12 minutes you can add cauliflower and peas on top of the rice to steam.

Chop an onion and mince a few garlic cloves.

You may have heard the nutrition rule of thumb: don't eat anything white: not a good tip! Look at garlic, onion and cauliflower, for example: white, but verrry nutritious!

Rinse 1 cup of red lentils until the water runs clear and place the lentils, 3 cups of water, the onion, garlic and 1 tbsp Pataks mild curry paste (or curry powder) and a dash of salt in a pot. Don't you love it when a recipe says put it all in a pot?! :)

Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the lid off and simmer, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes.
Add another pinch of salt and a little more curry if you like.

Serve over rice. We served it with cantaloupe and steamed cauliflower and peas.
Done! Easy! Deeeelentilicious!

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