Do you cook lentils?

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Do you cook lentils?
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Wed, 11-10-2010 - 7:19pm

Lentils are not exactly on the Southern Cuisine menu, but I read a lot about them and I'm thinking about giving them a try.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-13-2009
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 11:30am

Hi -- yes I cook lentils. I love them! The best part about lentils is you don't have to soak them like other beans. I have a great lentil and beet salad recipe. If you want it let me know.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 11:56am

I sure do! Two of my children are from Ethiopia and lentils are a staple there. Here's the recipe I use. I get the berbere spice from our local(ish) Ethiopian market, but you can order it online. (And I'm sure there's an American version out there somewhere.) I also cut back on the butter a bit.

Ingredients
3 cups dried lentils
6 cups water
1 large anaheim chili, seeded and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon berbere, spice
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions
Boil the lentils in water for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid. In large pot, saute the anaheim pepper and onions in the butter until the onions are tender. Add the lentils, 6 cups of the reserved liquid (top up with water to make 6 cups), and the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
Cook, covered over M-L heat for 70 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 12:02am
I'd love that! I love beets!
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 12:11am

I looked up the berbere spice out of curiosity (and because I would have to go to Memphis to find a specialty store that would have it) and this is interesting, that I found.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2000
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 10:44pm

I haven't cooked them since I had a bad lentil experience years ago when my 15 yo DS was about 3 or 4.


Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 1:14am

OMG, that is HILARIOUS!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2000
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 11:16am

Yeah, I felt bad, but there was no way those clothes were getting in the car with us!!


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Community Leader
Registered: 05-25-1999
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 12:10pm

I sent DH to the store to get dried split peas....he came home with lentils. I thought I will fix him......

I took the ham bone we had left over and started it to boil then turned it down and let it simmer for probably about 2 hours. Took the bone out put in the lentils and a couple cups of grated carrots....chopped up onion and garlic.

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 5:24pm

That's a great story!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2003
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 2:34pm

Hi Karen! I'm a lentil lover as well. I love them because if I keep a bag of them + a carton of chicken stock on hand (if I don't have some in the fridge), I can whip up something very easy and relatively quick. I usually make my lentils with more of an Indian flavor and keep a few different kinds in mason jars (yellow, red, regular ol' lentils).

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