This vegetarian dish is fragrant with garam masala, an Indian spice blend that typically includes black pepper and a mix of sweet and savory spices.
7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 arbol chile or other small dried hot red chile
1 large celery stalk, diced
2 small carrots, diced
1 large onion, half finely chopped, half cut into 1-in. chunks
4 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
1 cup black beluga or French green lentils*, sorted of debris and rinsed
About 3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
About 1 tsp. salt, divided
1 tablespoon honey
1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs.), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-in. chunks
1/2 pound small brussels sprouts, ends trimmed
1/4 cup orange juice
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. In a 5- to 6-qt. pot, heat 3 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add chile, celery, carrots, and chopped onion and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tsp. garam masala and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add thyme and 1 tsp. mustard; cook 1 minute.
Stir in lentils, 3 cups broth, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are just tender, about 40 minutes, checking occasionally and adding more broth if needed so they're covered in liquid.
Meanwhile, in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish, whisk together honey; 1/2 tsp. salt; and remaining 4 tbsp. oil, 2 1/2 tsp. garam masala, and 1 tsp. mustard. Add squash and toss until well coated.
Roast squash 15 minutes. Stir in onion chunks and brussels sprouts and cook until vegetables are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 15 to 20 more minutes.
Drain any excess liquid from lentils and discard chile. Stir in orange juice and transfer lentils to a shallow bowl. Spoon roasted vegetables on top, serve with crème fraîche, and season to taste with more salt.
*Find black beluga and French green lentils at well-stocked grocery stores and online.
Recipe is gluten free when made with gluten-free broth.
Easy recipe, complex flavors. A few changes: I used brown lentils and I did not drain the delicious broth. No créme either. For the last 10 min, I added sliced, precooked chicken with jalapeño sausage to the veggies being broiled. A bowl of delicious. Will make again, and again.
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