This was amazing. My young kids and I couldn't get enough of it. The flavores were perfect. Was just like a restaurant. Made it with saffron rice.
Fragrant Red Lentils with Rice
This red lentils and rice recipe calls for a fragrant blend of seasonings and herbs. Garam masala is an Indian blend of dry-roasted, ground spices that includes up to a dozen different flavors ranging from cinnamon to fennel to black pepper; it can be found with other spices in many large supermarkets or speciality food shops.
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- Calories: 409
- Calories from fat: 20%
- Fat: 9.3g
- Saturated fat: 3.8g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 20.6g
- Carbohydrate: 63.4g
- Fiber: 9.5g
- Cholesterol: 13mg
- Iron: 6.6mg
- Sodium: 427mg
- Calcium: 104mg
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups dried small red lentils
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
- 3/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon seeded minced jalapeño pepper
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 2 1/2 cups hot cooked brown basmati or brown rice
- 5 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, and sauté 6 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Add the ginger and next 5 ingredients (ginger though bay leaves), and sauté for 1 minute. Add 3 cups water, lentils, and salt, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Discard bay leaves.
- Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and jalapeño; sauté 5 minutes. Add to the lentil mixture; stir in juice, cilantro, and garam masala.
- Place 1/2 cup rice into each of 5 shallow bowls; spoon 3/4 cup lentil mixture over rice. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon yogurt.
- Note: Because jalapeño peppers can vary in heat intensity, you may wish to adjust the amount used based on your own preference for hot and spicy foods.
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