I usually have tarka dal 🙂 , it’s one of my favourites as it’s an extremely cheap and healthy (well depending on how you make it) meal and usually I’d have that with rice or a chapatti (which id buy and freeze to avoid waste).
Lentil soup. I’m making it tonight for meatless Monday.
I make it with lentils, carrots, onion, garlic, vegetable broth, frozen spinach & canned tomatoes with various seasonings that I have on hand. I like to thicken it up by adding a can of refried beans at the end. I serve it with a scoop of rice & cornbread. My family loves it. Very cheap to make too.
I make a savory pie with lentils.
A store-bought puff pastry pie crust (I like buying the rectangular one for my round pie dish, I cut off a strip on the side and the corners and make a design on top of the assembled pie).
I chop about two carrots, an onion, a little celery, whatever other veggies I have (usually fennel and ginger) and make a sort of stir fry. Then I add copious amounts of curry powder, cumin and paprika and a can of lentils, plus salt and pepper, simmer down for a bit. Then one or two eggs, some cream cheese or heavy cream or milk to bind it all together. Fill the crust with the veggie mix, add more crust on top if possible and into the oven it goes for a good half hour.
Puff pastry isn’t very healthy, but I love it so much! But of course one could substitute a healthier pie crust version and adjust the oven time.
My partner and I love this recipe so much, we could eat it twice a week probably. It’s warm, hearty, filling and comforting. It should also be easily customizable with whatever you like and have in the fridge.
Dahl. Indian dish that can be served w a veg curry and rice or chapati on the side.
It’s just boiling the Lentils or split Lentils and then frying up a few aromatics and mixing once the Dahl is cooked.
Cheap healthy delicious!
Mujadara! It’s a dish that you often see at home in Lebanon. Boil two cups brown lentils on one burner, and then saute a LOT of onions on another… get those nice and browned, adding cumin, cinnamon, salt and pep. once lentils are good to go, transfer to the onions, and then add one cup rice and water and let it all stew together for a bit. on another dish, shred cabbage, douse in lime/lemon juice, and LOTS of pepper. when your lentil dish is done, use a blender/food processor/hand blender to make the lentil dish into a spread. serve with the cabbage salad on top. SO GOOD!