The last few weeks have virtually flown by! I’ve been so busy getting ready for the holidays and starting up a new business venture that I’ve barely had time to breathe, and I know I’m not alone. This time of year can get busy for everyone, so I wanted to share this easy-peasy, budget friendly gift that you can make.
We love lentils around our house: rich, flavorful and easy to cook; they go with nearly everything. This Indian-inspired recipe can be served as a main dish or as a side, and is wonderful over couscous, rice, or all be itself. You may note that this takes a bit longer to cook than many lentil recipes: the green lentils are still in their shell and so take longer to become tender. I like them in this recipe because they give the dish a meaty feel and contrasting texture. Each batch makes about 4 cups of thick curried lentil stew.
If you are making these as a gift: Nearly all the ingredients for this recipe can be purchased in the bulk food section of your grocery store, and the only extra ingredient required is water. See the video below for assembly instructions.
For one batch, layer the following in order:
- 4 oz. red lentils
- 1 large (or 4 small) vegetable bouillon cube (I use Knorr Extra-Large Vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon Cubes)
- 2 Tablespoons minced dried onion
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder
- 4 oz. green lentils
- 1/2 cup dehydrated apples (smashed into 1/2-inch pieces)**
TO PREPARE: Place Curried Lentil mix and 5 cups of water in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 50 minutes or until the lentils are tender. (Optional: Add 1/2 cup apple juice in the last 10 minutes.)
**I just happened to have a few large cans of dehydrated apples (the crunchy kind) on my shelves. You can use dried apple rings (the soft kind), like the kind you find in the bulk food section; however, if you are giving this as a gift, make sure that you note uto yor recipient that the mix should be used within a month.
Originally inspired by Curried Lentil Soup at GoodHouseKeeping.com