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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Small bite~ Lentils

The small bite for this week is Lentils
What can you do with lentils?
I got busy on my favorite Cooking Light food search site and found a recipe for lentil hummus. I then changed it so much that it doesn't even resemble the original. It really turned out amazingly yummy. But then again~ on warm pita chips with sea salt... even wall paper paste would be good.

Red Lentil Hummus
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dried small red lentils
1 T olive oil
1 cup minced onion
1 T minced fresh garlic
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 Tbs tomato paste
5 (6-inch) pitas, each cut into 8 wedges with sea salt

Combine broth and lentils in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Remove from heat; cover and set aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, mustard seeds, and red pepper, and cook 5 minutes or until onions are tender and seeds begin to pop, stirring constantly. Add cumin, turmeric, coriander, and black pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add lentils, cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. The lentils will 'smish' as you stir and reach a nice consistency. Cool to room temperature.

Serve with toasted pita wedges, sprinkled generously with sea salt.
It is low cal and healthy... just what I need after all the eating we have done this past week.
Now, let's see what small bites we get from the other 'nibblers'. Leave your link on Mr Mcklinky.
Y'all enjoy!
Next week's secret ingredient ~~~Eggplant~~~


The French Bear said...

Yummo, I love lentils, in any shape or form. They are such a wholesome food!!! This recipe looks so good, I will give it a try.
Margaret B

Chef E said...

Guess what I made last night since my tummy is still dodgy...Lentil soup!

Love them, so thanks for the great post!

Jerry said...

YUM - thta looks amazing! I'm making a lentil dip as well for dinner tomorrow night. I still refuse to cook today!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Margaret~ I have never cooked with lentils. I'll have to see if you've posted any good recipes.
E~ I hope your tummy returns to normal. Not fun this time of year.
Jerry~ You deserve a day off from kitchen duty!

nancyhol said...

Your hummus looks really good, Sandi!

Now, what to do for eggplant . . .

Eden said...

That hummus looks looks good. I am still cooking lentils, soup this time. Had to use what was lwft of the package... :)

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