I read somewhere that lentils are super cheap and also rather healthy, so I searched the world wide web for recipes that might wow my palate. I’m generally a picky eater, and in addition to that, when I have had lentils in the past, I can’t say I’ve been a fan. But I did find a couple of recipes that didn’t look half bad, so tonight, I decided I would give lentil casserole a go. I found the recipe here, but the link is just so I can say that I gave credit where credit is due; it’s actually in Norwegian, so unless you understand that, you’re better off with my English translation, which you will find below.
Here’s what you need:
350 grams sprouted green lentils (edit: I originally said red, but well… feel free to call me unknowledgeable about lentils. They looked red enough to me, but upon further inspection of the packaging, I found out that they were actually sprouted green lentils.)
1 dl water
5 dl vegetable stock
2 cloves of garlic
2 ts grated ginger root (which I skipped because my local store didn’t have any)
2 tbsp tomoto purée
1 ts turmeric
You start by chopping the onion and the garlic. When you’ve finished chopping up the onion and are moving on to the garlic, this might be a good time to put a pan on medium to high heat and put a splash of butter or oil in it. While it heats up, chop your garlic, and then put both the onion and the garlic in the pan and let it simmer until it’s soft, not brown. This is also where you would add two tablespoons of grated ginger, but I couldn’t get a hold of any, so I just skipped it.
Add in two tablespoons of tomato purée, about a teaspoon of turmeric, 5 dl of vegetable stock, 1 dl of water and then finally your lentils. Stir the casserole while bringing it to a boil, then let it simmer on medium heat for half an hour.
Add about a teaspoon of basil, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a teaspoon of curry powder and some salt to taste. Leave it on for five more minutes, then serve with bread or rolls. And if you want to be exactly like me, pop in Across the Universe and watch it while you enjoy your dinner!
Here is my finished result:
To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. I thought it looked rather dubious before I allowed it to simmer, and like I said, I haven’t been a fan of lentils in the past. It turned out that the spices masked the lentils very nicely though, and while it still doesn’t look pretty, it was actually quite tasty! I will definitely make this again.
If you’re interested, my calculations (which may or may not be accurate) say that one serving of this is 127 calories, and this recipe makes four servings of about 300 grams each, or 44 calories per 100 grams.