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This is a typical South Indian recipe that is easy to make & very healthy too. It can be used as a spicy hot curry to be served with hot steamed rice and crispy wafers/ Pappadum. This recipe can be diluted to make a simple protein-rich soup too. Choose your avatar. This recipe has been in my family and many families of the state Kerala, India.
Long before I have known how to prepare dhals, tabboulehs and lentil salads...I knew how to make my grandma's lentils! We always ate it with meatballs (rarely with sausages) and there has always been a box or two of lentils laying somewhere around our home pantry...together with cans of tomatoes, garlics and bay leaves. In times like these with those simple quintessential pantry ingredients you can create my Grandma's magic in less then 45 minutes (especially if you haven't forgotten to soak them the night before). Bon appetite or "prijatno" - as my grandma would put it!
This is one of my favourite beany recipes. Suitable for vegetarians also, this recipe is a great family meal. You can really use whatever beans you like, I've just illustrated a few of my favourites. (you could even use baked beans!)
Rita is my good friend's mom. She's Armenian, but she grew up in Iran. Every time I visit her, she cooks the most amazing food like this Indian Red Lentil Dal. On one visit, I begged her to teach me how to make this dish. She was delighted I had asked - but she didn't actually have a recipe to give me. She makes everything from memory and seasons according to taste. Rita showed me how to cook this red lentil dal while I took furious notes. I later worked out the quantities and perfected my own take on her recipe. This Armenian-Persian-Indian dish is one of my family's favorites. Serve with saffron basmati rice (with tadig if you can manage) and a generous dollop of plain yogurt.
Super Food Entry
Lentils are rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. Fermented red cabbage contains powerful compounds called anthocyanins. Tahini is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has high amounts of magnesium and phosphorus.
But guess what? This is SUPER DELICIOUS! Enjoy!
(from Cooking Light)
A family favourite recipe I grew up with, which incorporates all those child-favourite flavours such as grated cheese and some peanut butter, coated in yummy crispy breadcrumbs! (Things to endear them to if they're 'unsure' about those lentils!) A hearty, healthy, veggie alternative to sausages.
Sambhar is a tangy, lentil based stew eaten primarily in the south of India. It is had with rice and clarified butter (ghee), with dosas(rice flour crepes) or just by itself. My version has a lot of earthy, sweet vegetables and a hint of jaggery to balance out the tangyness of tamarind- it is a bit of all my favourite sambhar variations :)