Since we're all always on the lookout for good, inexpensive, healthful recipes, I thought I'd start a thread of lentil recipes. Please share your favorite way to prepare lentils! Here are a few of my faves:
Lentil and Potato Stew
1 cup brown lentils
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
1 T butter or margarine
1 T olive oil
2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 t. turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne
salt to taste
ground pepper to taste
2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 2 c. diced canned tomatoes
2 t. garam masala
1 t. sugar or honey
Combine lentils, water, salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are just soft. DO NOT DRAIN. Discard bay leaf.
In a large saucepan, heat the butter and oil, then add potatoes. Sprinkle with turmeric, salt, and pepper. Cook, tossing the potatoes, for 5 minutes over medium heat.
Add the tomatoes, the lentils AND their cooking liquid, the garam masala, and the sweetener and stew the mixture over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, adding water if necessary and stirring occasionally.
Serve with a cucumber raita or a dollop of plain yogurt.
Velvet Red Lentil Soup
And last but not least, the infamous, amazing, much-ballyhooed...
Piglet's DH's Lentil Curry
boil 2 cups red lentils in water until desired consistency (some like them a bit crunchy)
pour in one can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
1 heaping tbsp of curry paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp of your favorite chili sauce (we use Sambal Oelek, available in the asian section of most regular grocery stores)