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French Green Lentils

Submitted by: Courtney

This recipe is from PCRM–I finally got around to trying after meaning to for months. It is nice and warming in the cold weather that seemed to hit my area out of the blue!!

French green lentils have a distinctive and delicious peppery flavor. Look for them in natural food stores and fine food markets. Brown lentils may be used as a substitute. Increase the cooking time to 50 minutes.

1 cup French green lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 -1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt

Rinse lentils and place in a large pot with vegetable broth, onion and cilantro.

Combine mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne in a small skillet. Toast over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until spices are fragrant and just begin to smoke, about 2 minutes. Add to lentils.

Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

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