Wholesome Savory Lentils (Sattvic but not boring)

Wholesome Savory Lentils (Sattvic but not boring)

Soups and stews are frequent this time of year in our household. They're warming, easy to make and a great way to get some healthy herbs in for winter wellness.

I used to think lentils were the most boring dish ever. Until I found the right herbs, spices and accoutrements to pump up the flavor profile for satisfying my tastebuds.

The result: Pure delight that always hits the spot.

The key ingredient?

For me, it's all about coriander - both seeds and leaves. Coriander can brighten any dish, has a wonderful flavor and is at the top of the list of digestive herbs in Ayurveda. 

Coriander seeds aid digestion, support nutrient absorption, dispel gas and soothe upset stomach. The leaves aka cilantro contain vitamins A & K, potassium, calcium and antioxidants. The leaves also act as a natural chelator, meaning it helps sweep heavy metals from the body. I highly recommend having both in your kitchen all the time, and store the cilantro in a glass jar with a little water in the fridge for freshness. 

Now let's get you the recipe!

1 cup dried lentils (any color, I prefer green)
4 cups of broth, stock or water
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 ½ tsp of coriander seed (powder works too)
½ tsp cumin (seeds or powder)
½ tsp cardamom
Salt + pepper
Ghee, EVOO, coconut oil, avocado or hemp oil
Squeeze or two -big slice of lemon (both before cooking and after)

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Scallions, shallot or red onion, chopped (1-2 Tbs)
Drizzle of EVOO, hemp oil
Squeeze of lemon wedge
Toasted seeds or nuts  (pumpkin, hemp or walnuts) 
Other topping options: fried egg, siracha, jalapeño, feta or goat cheese.

Sauté onions, carrot and garlic in ghee or oil for 5-7 minutes until softened.
Add lentils, broth, spices, tsp of salt.
Insta-pot Cook 13-15 minutes, longer if prefer more dahl/pureed like.
Stove top: 25-35 minutes until desired texture. Slow Cooker: 8-10 hours. 
Add garnishments- they are key. Pick what sounds yummy to you and mix it up. 

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