2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
2 pounds large carrots
2 cups cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 1/2 cup onion and minced garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until golden. Add stock, lentils, and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Combine carrots, 2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, tossing well to coat. Arrange carrot mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until tender.
Combine remaining 1 cup onion, remaining oil, cilantro, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.
Place lentils on a serving dish; arrange carrots on top. Serve with harissa.
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Really delicious! I used organic French green lentils b/c I couldn't find black. One jalapeño is plenty unless you like really spicy. I cut the fat part off some of the large carrots and sliced those ends in half longways for more even cooking. My blender isn't great so I used a blender stick and deep bowl which worked much better. Otherwise don't change a thing. Totally worth the time!
I wholeheartedly agree. I rarely use the word awesome but this dish was AWESOME!!! I only had brown lentils and my harissa wasn't as pretty as pictured but the taste was exceptional. And I am pinning it now ;)
This recipe is amazing. It is time consuming but WELL WORTH the extra effort. We made this for Christmas dinner (from the cookbook Vedge) for the non-meat eaters and it was a big hit with everyone. I highly recommend the for anyone trying to increase vegetables in their diet.
I have so few vegan recipes that I can call awesome and would eat again very soon! I just had French green lentils but they worked fine. Just don't cook to mush.The green spicy harissa is amazing and I will be using the leftovers on other things. This is a must try if you are trying to meatless meals. A super starter for your first meatless Monday!