Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oh My Lentil

A few weeks back, I thought I would try my hand at making lentils. Actually they turned out pretty good. Especially the homemade naan to go with them.

Madras Lentils

2 cups cooked lentils
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can red beans (kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup cream
salt (pinch)
1/8 cup canola oil
1/2 t cumin powder
2 T green chilies (1/2 small can)
1/2 cup water

Saute onion in oil. Add chilies and cumin. Stir and mix well. Add lentils, beans and cream; mix well. Add salt with water; simmer 10 minutes.

Serve lentils as a filling for this bread (as in tacos).

Garlic Naan Bread

1 T yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 T milk
1 egg, beaten
2 t salt
4 1/2 cups flour
2 t garlic, minced (I added closer to 4)
1/4 cup butter

Combine water and yeast. Add sugar, milk, egg, salt and flour (small amount at a time to just to make soft and pliable dough). Knead. Cover and let rise for an hour. Pinch off golf-ball size gobs and roll into balls. Let rise again about 30 minutes. Heat grill to HIGH. Grease. Stretch each gob into thin circle. Grill 2-3 minutes per side. Brush with water first. As side 1 is cooking brush with butter. Flip and repeat until both sides are brush with butter and cooked.


  1. I have never successfully made naan. If this works, I won't forget it! Not sure my stomach is up for the lentils yet - sounds too spicy, and I am still not quite ready for the chile again.

    1. Actually it was not too spicy (or maybe I am just used to it.) Let me know how the naan turns out. :)

  2. Oh mercy - the naan turned out so-so. Not sure if it turned out "right", but it wasn't like the naan that I have had. Still it was good. I did up the lentils in an Indian style with hummus. It was tasty, though I can never duplicate anything I improvise. Thanks for the inspiration for tonight's dinner. loveyoumeanit...