Saturday, January 23, 2010

Two lentil recipes

Misr Wat
1 cup red lentils
4 tbsp. nit'r qibe (I'll post this recipe next) or unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp. berbere
1 small tomato, cored and chopped (I used canned)
Kosher salt, to taste
1 tsp. spice mix (optional - I got this from Birtukan in Ethiopia)

1. Rinse the lentils.
2. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the lentils, 1 tbsp. of the berbere, tomato, and 4 cups water to the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and the lentils are tender, 45–50 minutes. Stir in the remaining berbere and season generously with salt.

While we're on the subject of lentils, let me share a recipe that I borrowed from my friend Cynthia. My kids loved it.

Lentil Tacos
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed (I just used regular lentils)
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup salsa
12 taco shells

1. Saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentils slightly.
2. Stir in salsa. Spoon about 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.


Wendi and Mark said...

Have you ever tried making injera chips? We love them with the lentil recipes! We cut injera into tortilla-chip like shapes, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle them with berbere spice and then bake them at 200 degrees until they get crispy, I think about 30-40 minutes. So good! We only make it with injera that we can buy from the ET restaurant. It didn't work as well with our homemade injera.

Happy cooking! ~ Wendi (Ailor2 from the BCS Forum)

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Lori said...

Thank you for sharing! I love lentils and can't wait to try these.

Coffeybunny said...

Glad your little ones liked the lentil tacos too! Adorable little munchkins you've got there. <3