Adapted from Cooking Light May 2010
I was given a large stack of cooking magazines, which meant many new recipes to try out. That’s always exciting. It being late October, I was in the mood for a nice, heart-warming stew. This recipe, inspired by a dish served at Etete (a restaurant in D.C.), looked promising. I was right!
Yields 4 servings
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 2 teaspoons dried ground ginger, divided
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato purée
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup dried small red lentils
- 4 cups hot cooked rice
- In a small bowl, combine the cloves, 1 teaspoon of ginger, coriander and allspice. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of ginger and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the tomato purée and spice blend. Cook 1 minute, stirring to combine. Gradually add the broth, stirring with a whisk until blended. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.
- Add the lentils to the broth mixture and simmer, partially covered for 35 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Serve the stew over the rice and sprinkled with some parsley or cilantro.
Comments: This is an incredibly easy recipe though it does take some time, like any stew. We all really enjoyed it, including my father who is not a fan of lentils. Though it has very few ingredients, the stew is very flavorful with the combination of spices. The original recipe calls for 1½ tablespoons of Berbere spice (mixture of dried chiles, cloves, ginger coriander and allspice); since I did not have this, I made my own blend but if you find Berbere spice feel free to use it instead of making your own blend. The recipe also says to use basmati rice; for my parents, who prefer white rice, I made regular white rice and for myself I made Minute’s Multi-Grain Medley. Use whatever type of rice you prefer.