Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes

Lentils aren't something I grew up eating, so this was my first time making lentils.  Simple recipe, tasty, and perfect for a cold winter day.  I had smaller lentils than what the recipe used, so I ended up with extra liquid and boiled the mixture for an extra 10 minutes with the lid off.  I think it would also make sense to use diced tomatoes instead of whole to skip the step of chopping the tomatoes in the food processor.  I also threw some garam masala in the mix, just because I like it and skipped the fresh thyme in favour of dried because the metro was out.

Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes (from Smitten Kitchen) (from Barefoot Contessa at Home)


2 teaspoons good olive oil
2 cups large-diced yellow onions (2 onions)
2 cups large-diced carrots (3 to 4 carrots)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 gloves)
1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
1 cup French green lentils (7 ounces)
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons mild curry powder
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon good red wine vinegar

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and the carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.
2. Meanwhile, place the canned plum tomatoes, including the juice, in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped. Rinse and pick over the lentils to make sure there are no stones in the package.
3. Add the tomatoes, lentils, broth, curry powder, thyme, salt and pepper to the pan. Raise the heat to bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for about 40 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Check occasionally to be sure the liquid is still simmering. Remove from the heat and allow the lentils to sit covered for another 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, season to taste and serve hot.

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