Super Food 5: Lentils

Lentils have been used in cooking for millennia in India and Pakistan for their high nutritional value and are slowly making their way into Western homes. In my opinion, there is nothing better on a cold wintery day than tucking into a hot bowl of lentils and brown rice. So what exactly are lentils?

You may be surprised to learn that they are actually a pulse which is part of the dry grain legume family. Basically they come from the seeds of pods. Pulses include dry beans, like pinto beans, kidney beans and navy beans (i.e. baked beans); dry peas and lentils.

So what makes lentils such a superfood?

5 Facts about Lentils you Didn't Know

Spicy Red Lentil and Kumara Soup
 
Here's what you'll need...

And here's how to make it ...

  • In a large saucepan, heat coconut/vege oil over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, and onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then add garam masala, turmeric, curry powder, cardamom seeds, chilli flakes, bay leaf, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir until vegetables are completely coated with spices. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add vegetable stock/water and lentils and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.

 

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