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Subject: Lentils
Date Posted: 9/2/2007 1:24 AM ET
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I have been having a large bag of lentils for quite some time (about 4 cups).  I would really like to just cook em and get it out of my pantry.  But i want a "good" recipe.  Do you have any suggestions for me?   What are some things i can do with them?  They are the ordinary tan ones.



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Date Posted: 9/2/2007 1:36 PM ET
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LOL I had a lentil issue lately. Mine was lentil soup in a can though. I dont reccomend it it was pretty....ugh.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:30 AM ET
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On my !!! You may want to check out Chris' thread on the same subject......! It's on page 2 of the topics in this forum. The header says canned, but it goes well beyond that .

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:44 AM ET
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We LOVE our lentils and rice.  Boil rinsed & sorted lentils in broth of your choice (we use vegetable), about 3x liquid to lentils ratio.  Meanwhile, chop up a big mess of onions and fry them in butter (or ghee) over medium heat until they are REALLY done.  Don't burn them, but let them get carmelized.  At this point, the lentils should be absorbing nearly all the liquid.  Stir them occasionally and add more liquid IF needed.  Add some minced garlic to the onions and lower the heat.  Toss in salt, pepper, curry powder, or whatever seasoning you love best into the lentils.  Put a cup of water with a pat of butter on to boil.  When it starts to boil, toss in  3/4 cup basmati or jasmine rice and stir a couple times.  Cover and reduce heat to medium.  Let cook covered and undisturbed for 10 mins.  Give it a stir, check for doneness and turn off heat, add in some of the cooked onions and a couple sprinkles of pumpkin spice (Yes, cinnamon and cloves).  You can also get fancy and toss in leftover veggies, cooked peas, slivered toasted almonds or pine nuts, etc.  Add the rest of the onions to the lentils.  Serve a scoop of lentils over a scoop of the rice with naans or whichever bread you prefer.  Once you do this a couple times, it takes less than 30 mins. to get dinner on the table and it's delish.  It's even better the next day.

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Date Posted: 9/9/2007 12:43 AM ET
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Oh, I've got an awesome recipe for you - Lentil Tacos (or nachos, or taco salad...)

Lentil Tacos:
1 Cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. olive oil
1 Cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground oregano
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Cup salsa

The original post said to boil lentils for 30-40 min then add everything else, I made it in the crockpot, low about 7 hrs... but I didn't put the salsa in the lentils, just on top w/ other normal taco toppings, just use the lentil mix in place of the hamburger.