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Quick-cooking red lentils don't need to be pureed since they break down as they cook. Lentils are a great source of protein, as well as fiber. This recipe gives 20 percent of your daily fiber goal. Serve over brown rice with a side of broccoli for a vegetarian meal.

Jaime Harder, MA, RD
Recipe by Cooking Light October 2007

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

Yield:
7 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large heavy cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; cook 2 minutes or until charred. Carefully turn over onion, and cook an additional 4 minutes or until blackened and charred. Remove from heat. Coarsely chop; set aside.

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  • Combine mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and clove in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook 1 1/2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Combine mustard mixture, cinnamon, cardamom, and chile in spice or coffee grinder. Pulse until ground.

  • Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a small Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in spices; sauté 1 minute. Add broth, lentils, and tomato to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover; add onion, and cook 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

149 calories; calories from fat 17%; fat 2.8g; saturated fat 0.3g; mono fat 1.6g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 23.6g; fiber 5.5g; cholesterol 0mg; iron 2.1mg; sodium 354mg; calcium 33mg.
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