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I'm getting acquainted with lentils, too. I've been eating them more and more. I find they definitely need to be seasoned properly or added to a good curry or sauce in order for myself to feel satisfied with them.

One of my favorites is adding them in with a hearty tomato sauce to serve over pasta or spaghetti squash. It's really good.

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I've been reading through this thread to get more lentil ideas. Am going to try the lentil loaf a member posted.

I have another good lentil idea that I make, add cooked lentils to guacamole. About 1/2 cup per avocado is what I do. I like to use the lentil guacamole in pita bread sandwiches.



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I have the spark cook book and there is a good recipe for minestrone soup using lentils and cannellini beans. If anyone wants the recipe let me know.

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I just rejoined Spark and happened upon this thread while looking for new ideas. I am a vegetarian who has cooked lentils for decades. I can tell you this, hands down red lentils (also known as Egyptian) are the type favored by youngsters and those who aren't particularly fond of how dull their flavor can be at times. Red lentils can be cooked to a point where the practically loose all shape, and take on the flavors of the spices you add, resulting in a creamy, thick, hearty stew. I personally prefer any recipe that uses fresh lemon juice. The Indian recipes can be difficult in that the ingredients are not easy to find so I am not going to post any of those. That being said, I have found it is a must to use a high quality veggie broth in place of water. My two favorites are Pacific brand found at Kroger, HEB and Sprouts and Better Than Buillion concentrate- in a jar found at Target and Walmart. The added flavor makes a big difference.
The two recipes that have passed the picky eaters' test in my home and take less than 45 min total prep and cook time are:
1 onion and 1 carrot diced small and sautéed in olive oil in a 5 qt. stockpot.
Add 1/2 tsp or more to taste, red pepper flakes and 3/4 tsp ground cumin; sauté 1 minute until fragrant
Add: 1 generous cup red lentils (be sure you've washed them in a separate bowl in 3-4 exchanges of water first!)
And 32 oz good quality veg broth plus 1 Tblsp veg Better Than Buillion
Bring to boil, then reduce flame, cover and simmer until lentils disintegrate, stirring occ. to keep from sticking and burning to bottom of stockpot
Once fully cooked, remove from flame and add juice of one lemon- adjust to taste (I like more than 1 lemon's worth of juice) add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
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Recipe#2:
1 onion and 1 green pepper, diced large: if you want the peppers to retain their shape and not be disintegrated then cook your lentils first and add the diced onion and pepper when there is about 10 minutes or less simmering time left, otherwise sauté in olive oil.
1 generous cup red lentils, pre-washed and cooked in veg broth as in above recipe.
Add 1/2 tsp or more to taste red pepper flakes and 1 Tblsp thyme or more to taste (fresh is absolutely better here)
Add salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Either recipe can be "adjusted" to a thicker or thinner soup by adding water or using 1/2 cup more lentils to start.
Serve either soup plain or over rice. A dollop or two of plain yogurt can also be added at the time of serving.

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jeansophie - the Spicy Tomato Lentil soup looks great! Can't wait to try it!

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Just wanted to share a recipe I threw together yesterday using green and red lentils (mostly green though)

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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If you can figure out a better way to "hold it together" than I tried, then go ahead (and let me know) oh, I made two pans from that recipe, and used the second one today for lunch and it was firmer than the first one..

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I had to bring this discussion back up because I am always looking for new things to do with lentils. Here are two of my "tried and true" standbys:

Moroccan Lentil Salad--the title is a bit of a misnomer because it has so many good things in it that you hardly notice the lentils:

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Salad/Detail.aspx


Spicy Tomato Lentil Soup--one of my favorites on a cold winter day:

allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spicy-T
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Bon appetit!

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I have a recipe that was given to me years ago and we all love. It is called Lentil Tostadas. Ingredients: Whole Wheat Toast, Sour cream, Lentils cooked with onions, Mozzarella Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Italian Salad Dressing. Spread the sour cream on the Toast. Cover with lentils cooked soft with onions. Sprinkle cheese over the lentils. Top with Lettuce and Tomatoes. Pour Italian Salad Dressing over all.

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Here is a Lebanese dish that's tasty, easy to make, and inexpensive.

M'Jedra

2 regular size cooking onions
4 cups of water
2 cups of lentils
1 cup of rice
2 tbsp olive oil (this is a huge quantity, so the olive oil calories are negligabl

Cook the onions in the oil and set aside.
Boil the water and cook the lentils in it. The cooking should take approx. 7 mins
Add rice to the lentils. Cook until the rice is done, approx. 15-20 mins
Add onions, add salt to taste

That's it! You've made M'Jedra.

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I make what I call "Lentil Salad"

Ingredients are:
1 can of white hominy
1 can of yellow hominy
1 can of beets (or fresh beets)
Half bag of lentils
Lettuce (any type works)
Cheese
Corn chips

Cook the lentils, and the beets if you use fresh, then add a little of all the ingredients on the plate and its ready.

I like mine warm or you can eat it cold.
You can make many variations on this idea.

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A great and really easy red or green lentil stew - which can form a layer in mousaka or lasagna or just eat with veges and some mash.

onion
2 cloves garlic
4 sticks celery
lentils (sorry I just chuck them in)
tin of tomatoes
water
dark soy sauce 2 to 3 tablespoons - to your taste

Fry onion, garlic and celery in a little oil until onions soften. Chuck everything else in heat to a simmer retire for 20mins (red lentils) or 30 - 40 (green).

Also use red lentils instead of potato in vegetable soup.


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My go-to when I'm exhausted after a long day of work is to make a big pot of lentils with a packet of onion soup mix. So easy but so good. If you have a little time add some chopped carrots, onion, and mushrooms to it.

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I cook 3/4 C of lentils, (my form of Dahl)
sautéed in(veggie broth) with 1/2 onion, jalapeño, add can diced tomatoes, then cooked lentils, then add 3 teaspoons curry powder, 1/8 t of red pepper, cook down. It even freezes well too!

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To add though, the same process can be used for any lentil.

Here's how I categorise the various kind of lentils:
1. The quick-cook ones such as Masoor lentil, Chana lentil, Mung lentil - Same process and timing as the Yellow lentil. No pre-soaking necessary. Pressure cook time: 5-10 mins

2. The tougher-skinned ones - Black lentil (Urad), Chickpeas, Kidney Beans, Bengal Gram (kala chana) - Pre-soak overnight in water before cooking. Pressure cook time: 15-20 mins

Hope this helps!

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The one used in Indian cooking is the split version of pigeon peas.

A picture towards the end the page of what the Indian version looks like: http://www.foodsubs.com/Lentils.html

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i thought pigeon peas were green and non dried. never heard them called yellow lentils. are there two types of pigeon peas.

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My recommendation - Invest in a pressure cooker! Lentils cook so much faster in a pressure cooker and the flavors are rich and tastier due to the lentil cooking through completly.

North Indian style Lentils
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Take some pigeon peas (yellow lentil). Wash in water to clean, if needed. Put lentils in the pressure cooker.
Add 3 times the volume in water.
Add salt and turmeric in a 2:1 ratio (salt to taste).
Pressure cook for about 10 minutes.
Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and hot green chillies.

The lentils can be eaten as such or with the addition of 'tarka' detailed below.

Tarka
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For a beautiful flavor note, heat 2 tsp. of ghee or butter in a small pan. Just before the oil begins smoking, add cumin seeds, dried red pepper and asfoetida powder. Take the pan off the heat and add dried ground red pepper to the liquid. Pour the contents of this pan onto the lentils and mix.

All ingredients (and pressure cooker) available at Indian grocery stores. Here is the shopping list for your Indian store visit along with the Indian name equivalent:
Turmeric - Haldi powder
Asfoetida - Hing powder
Dried Ground Red Pepper - Lal Mirch Powder
Cumin seeds - Jeera
Pigeon Peas (Yellow lentil) - Arhar dal / Toor dal


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awesome thanks

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I found a simple lentil loaf recipe online and I have since tweaked it to make it my own. Although i do change it up whenever I make it to use whatever veggies I have on hand. First here is the recipe I found, which is super basic:

2 cups cooked lentils
1 cup oats
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons italian seasoning
dash pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and spices in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Press into a loaf pan. Non stick or silicone, or lightly spray a metal pan. Bake 50 mins or until done.
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Ok, since that just makes one loaf, and I make 3 at once, I use all the ingredients above, but I use the entire bag of lentils. 3 or more cups of oats. Lots of tomato sauce. More italian seasoning, plus cumin, and liquid smoke to taste.
I steam a bunch of diced potatoes and mix those in. I love to add cherry or grape tomatoes whole. They melt in your mouth when it's done, excellent!
I add celery chopped really fine and steamed or sauteed first. Plus throw in a bag of frozen corn or peas or both. Whatever you can imagine, I imagine it in there. emoticon
Then I press the thoroughly mixed mixture into my 3 non-stick and/or silicone pans and bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Silicone pans are great, because you do not have to oil them. You flip them over and everything pops right out for fat free cooking. Clean up is easy. I love those things.

When the loaves are done, and refrigerated, they will firm up more because the potatoes will soak up the excess moisture. So you can use them in sandwiches as well as for dinner with ketchup, bbq sauce or gravy on them. Very good.
Now I do not use salt at all in my cooking, but prefer to add it later. I have a husband who is extremely salt-sensitive. He does not think it's bland, he loves it the way I make them.

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boil them with chopped cilantro, tomato, salt. once done try squeezing some lemon in them! delicious!!!!

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I use them in curries, and I love the taste:)



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years ago i use to by two vegetarian frozen proucts called lentil loaf and 9 bean loaft. they were really good. does anyone have a lentil or bean loaf recipe...i would love to make these myself....

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Lentils do tend to take on the flavor of whatever they are cooked in, so if you're finding them really bland, try cooking them in broth instead of water. Add garlic or onions or herbs - whatever combination of flavors you like - and the lentils might come out not so gross.

Personally, I love lentils. I have a mixture of lentils with Trader Joe's Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salsa for lunch (which I usually garnish with cherry tomatoes). I love this stuff!

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I have tried lentils in 2308909283048203843 different forms and I guess I just plain don't like them! But some of those ideas look interesting so maybe I'll give 'em another shot. :)

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Thank you so much guys!! I'll try all of your ideas :)

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I love a good homemade vegetable soup with lentils. Dr Oz has a really good recipe. If you are not a cook Trader Joes makes a good lentil soup in a can.

Curried lentils are also very good.

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I cheat. There is an Indian grocery store in my neighborhood where I can buy them canned.

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I like to boil them in water or veggie stock with some bay leaf and ripped up nori. Then I throw them in salad or over brown rice or quinoa. Also sprouting them is great.

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I make a lentil meatloaf that is awesome. Recipe is on spark people recipes..



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That sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing!!

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sautee chopped onions, celery and carrots, garlic if you like. add lentils, chopped canned tomatoes, and vegetable stock(or water). simmer until lentils are done. this taste great over rice. also if you look up international vegetarian recipes you can find ethiopian and indian recipes that are great. sorry but i am not good at post links...but i hope this helps....

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There are so many recipes for lentils in SparkRecipes.com. Just take a look and take your pick.

Are you using enough garlic in them? Are you using salt to bring out there flavor. My girlfriend cooks with no salt and her food is always so bland.





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OMG, I am making a wonderful dish with lentils right now!! You will find it on this website. www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/ind
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Hope you like it!

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I've tried cooking them many times, but they never taste good. Has anyone got some tips?...



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