Thursday, March 5, 2009
Lenten Meal #1- Curried Lentils and Rice
What better to have during Lent than lentils? Actually, I looked at the nutritional information on the label, and lentils are really a good thing for lent. They have 8g of protein in one serving, a perfect lean protein. We tried the recipe below last night and it was fantastic. So good in fact, that I almost think that I shouldn't eat it. :) In all honesty, I think that I like the Lenten foods better than cooking up my regular meals.
This meal is cheap (about $1.25 for the whole thing!), healthy, and simple. I had to modify it slightly because I didn't have turmeric on hand, and used cumin instead. Also, if you are the kind of person who likes a more uniform taste- like regular oatmeal cookies better than oatmeal raisin cookies, you might want to leave out the apples and raisins. I like them in.
Serve with some tasty bread.
* 1/4 cup vegetable broth (instead of using oil)
* 1 onion, chopped
* 3 garlic cloves, minced or put through a press (can use garlic powder)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
* 2-3 teaspoons curry powder, to taste (I recommend only 2t.)
* 1 cup brown rice, washed
* 3/4 cup dried lentils
* 4 cups water
* 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
* salt (may need a lot, but make it to your taste)
* 1/3 cup raisins or currants
* 1 large tart apple, diced
1. Heat the 1/4 c broth (or you can use oil) in a heavy-bottomed soup pot, saucepan, or Dutch oven and saute the onion and garlic.
2. Add the ginger, turmeric, and curry powder and saute for a few minutes longer.
3. Add more broth (or water), if necessary, and the rice, and saute for 2 minutes.
4. Add the lentils, 4 cups water, bouillon cubes, and raisins and bring to a boil.
5. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes.
6. Add the apples and simmer, covered, for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
7. Optionally, serve topped with plain yogurt and some more raisins.