Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love Your Heart-Eat Lentils /Green Lentil Soup (Yesil Mercimek Corbasi)

Green lentils are high in nutrional value and readily absorb a variety of wonderful flavors from other foods and seasonings. Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Green lentils contain a higher concentration of fiber than red lentils and when mixed with mixed with grains results in a complete protein dish.

Try this warming and nutrious recipe, your heart will thank you:-)

1 big onion
1 cup green lentils
3 tbs olive or canola oil
1 1/2 tbs tomato paste
1 cup chickpeas (rinse well if using canned)
1/2 cup Bavettine Corti or any type of small noodle/pasta
10 cups of water

For the sauce
2 tbs butter or 1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbs dried mint
1 tbs red pepper flakes
Alternative sauce (My Mom's Sauce)
1/4 cup onion (petite diced)
1/3 cup canola or olive oil


1. Heat the oil and saute the onions until transperent

2. Add the tomato sauce and stir for 2 min.

3. Add the green lentil and water, cook for 30-40 mins or until the lentils are cooked

4. Add the chickpeas and the noodles and cook on medium low for 10 mins.

In a small sauce pan heat butter. Add red pepper flakes and dried mint let it sizzle for 10 seconds.

Alternative Sauce:
Heat the butter or oil in a sauce pan and caramelize the onions by slowly cooking them until they are richly browned and wonderfully flavorful. My mom always use this sauce for her green lentil recipes and we all love it!

You can save cooking time by soaking the lentils overnight.

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