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lentil soup

budget friendly lentil soupThe other day it was chilly outside (read: freezing!) and Mr. S wanted to know what was for dinner.  After spending 20 years together, there are some things we do in unison without ever thinking about it.  We both said at the same time we wanted soup for dinner.  A bag of lentils in the pantry along with Italian plum tomatoes and a need to use the Parmesan rind all screamed soup.   Lentil soup is an easy meal to make and their meaty texture will leave one feeling quite satiated. Continue Reading →

curried lentils – an easy dish to make

curried lentilsIt was wet and humid yesterday.  I was hoping the rain would have stopped late in the afternoon so we could use the barbeque but windy conditions prevented that idea from happening.  I was feeling a bit nostalgic about our time overseas and a simple curry was the remedy needed to help us reminisce about the places we visited, and the food we ate.  Continue Reading →

Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Lentil & Vegetable StewStews can take a while to cook but this lentil and vegetable stew can be ready in 35 minutes.  It’s loaded to the brim with vitamin and mineral goodness and will fill you up and keep you satiated for hours.  Lentils are slow-burning, high-fiber, and lean protein food.  Continue Reading →

Red Onion Jam with Dhal

Red Onion Jam with Dal by The Culinary ChaseBaby it’s cold outside! We’ve been having a pleasant Maritime November but today the mercury dipped, no wait, it took a nose dive. It’s days and evenings like this that I just want a blanket wrapped around me, plunk myself in front of the television while consuming a bowl of hot soup.  While dhal isn’t a soup (more like a stew), it’s thick, hearty and healthy! Top this with red onion jam and your taste buds are in for a treat!  Dhal is the Indian word for lentil and is usually made with spices and onions.  If you like lentils, then you’ll enjoy smokey tomato and lentil soup.  This dhal, however, could not shine quite as brightly without the help of the onion jam.  It’s the perfect delicious crowning which made me want to bite my spoon.

Serves 4 to 6
adapted from Ripe

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium red onions, diced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 cups red lentils, picked through and rinsed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 star anise pods

red onion by The Culinary Chase1. Place butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.

2. Stir in the brown sugar, curry powder, and vinegar. Let cook for a few seconds, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until thick and jammy, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add lentils, ginger, star anise, and 6 1/2 cups cold water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook 30 to 40 minutes, uncovered, until thick, loose, and porridge like, stirring occasionally.  Discard the star anise. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide the dhal among serving bowls and spoon red onion jam (warm if necessary) on top. Refrigerate any leftover jam.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
Dhal can be quite bland on its own but jazzed up with a generous dollop of onion jam and you’ll be licking the bowl clean!