Lentils

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  1. jawjaboy

    jawjaboy Casual lead ho

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    Did a GT search on Lentils...2 mentions. I have always wanted to try some. As savvy as you good folks are, someboby has to have a good recipe. Help me out here.
     
  2. lethal tupperwa

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    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    2 medium carrots, finely chopped
    1 celery rib, finely chopped
    1 1/4 cups lentils (preferably French green) (the multi colored ones work also)
    6 cups water
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4 ounces smoked sausage, like kielbasa (I use more than 4 oz)
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
    While lentils are cooking, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown sausage on all sides, about 5 minutes. Cool sausage slightly on a cutting board, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Add sausage to soup and stir in vinegar.

    I also make this thicker more like a stew
     

  3. Dandapani

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    Make it thick like above and serve it on plain couscous. The flavor of the lentils really goes well with the couscous!

    (Sorry, I'm on a veggie diet thingy. Working pretty well, I might add.)
     
  4. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    Italian lentil soup-SIMPLE, EASY, DELICIOUS
    no specific quantities but here's what I did today:

    in a large pot gently saute 1 TBS chopped garlic in olive oil over low heat.

    Add:

    1 entire bunch of celery, sliced
    6 carrots, peeled and sliced

    Cover and saute until slightly softened.

    Add:

    1 lb. bag of lentils
    1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    2 chicken bullion cubes
    water (start with a gallon).

    cook soup over low-medium heat adding water if necessary when soup thickens (about 2-3 hours).

    Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.

    Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over individual servings.
     
  5. Mild Bill

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    I usually make a batch weekly...
    As we get older, we're focusing on fiber and real foods more and more...

    Often I'll make a tasty stew or soup with chunks of rotisserie chicken,
    onions and Del Monte diced or stewed tomatoes, but usually what I do, and what my wife prefers,
    is simmer them in a seasoned chicken broth
    until 'just tender', then I drain them and pop them in the freezer just to cool them down quick...

    I season with salt and pepper, drizzle with EVOO and apple cider vinegar and mix it all up...

    It's a great and nutritious cold salady thing...

    ;c
     
  6. Remander

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    I have done them similar to the recipe suggested by Lethal Tupperwa, but with chicken stock instead of water. Pretty decent.

    The best lentils I have eaten were in an Indian restaurant. The dish was similar to Popeye's red beans and rice and very good. Creamy texture. Not sure how they pulled it off. Might need the boat motor mixer.
     
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    There are different lentils. Look them up in a cookbook. One type cooks quicker than the others -- maybe the french lentils are the speedy ones. But you should look it up for yourself as I'm not sure which is which.

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  8. jawjaboy

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    Thanks for all the response. I'll try most of them. I did a diligent Google on lentils at 4:45 this AM...learned a LOT about them. A very ancient source of food, mentioned in the Bible many times. I'm anxious!
     
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    Lentils ^8 I thought that was a movie with Barbara Strisand.;f
     
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    +1 :cool:
     
  11. Mild Bill

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    No, that was Mentyl...

    ;a
     
  12. Dandapani

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    Google: dal indian lentils