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re: red lentils

Here are some recipes for delicious red lentils.

Indian Red Lentil Soup

one lb, 8 oz red lentils			4 quarts water		
1 ounce minced garlic				1 teaspoon black pepper
1 ounce whole cumin				32oz whole stewed tomatoes +juice
1/2 cup lemon juice				

1 ounce mustard seed and 6 bay leaves (Saute these two together in 1/4 cup
veggie broth and set aside)

Rinse and pick through lentils. Cook the lentils in the 4 quarts of water for
about 30 minutes until tender. Add the spices and cook 10 minutes. Next add
the tomatoes and lemon juice and cook another 10 to 15 minutes. 

Lentil-Lemon Soup (adapted from The Natural Gourmet)

2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
Few drops of sesame oil for flavor
1 tsp cumin
1 cup dried red lentils
5 cups veggie stock
1 bay leaf
2 strips lemon rind
1 TBL lemon juice
6 slices lemon for garnish

Saute onions and garlic in water or a little stock in a soup pot, 6-7
minutes until golden. Add salt and cumin, and a few drops of sesame oil.

Pick over and rinse lentils. Add to onions with stock. Skim foam. Bring to a

Reduce heat. Add bay leaf and lemon rind. Simmer 25 minutes, then discard
bay leaf and lemon rind. Add the lemon juice, stir, and garnish with lemon
Enjoy, Jan Bennicoff