lentils with red onions

There are a few things a vegetarian blog needs to have. Among them, a lentils preparation recipe. Lentils are a must for everyone. They increase slow-burning energy, help prevents digestive disorders and would even have a positive impact on the heart health. And for the vegetarians, they are a great source of protein (26% of lentils calories are attributed to proteins, and after soybeans, they are the number one source of proteins in legumes). But not only: of iron too (also an important element that vegetarians need for a healthy diet). And to end the list of the amazing properties of this legume, it is also low in calories despite all its nutritional benefits. And we understood that a long time ago. Mankind has been eating lentils for a looooooong time, being one of the first crops domesticated. We are actually eating them since at least 9’500 years ago.

Now back to modern times. I really like this recipe because it is quick, easy and works great as a warm dish (served with whole rice) and as a cold salad. The seasoning is the same so you can make it warm for dinner and keep the rest for a lunch salad to which you add up some cherry tomatoes.

I like to add acidity to the lentils so one of the key ingredients is red wine vinegar, as well as fresh thinly cut red onions (and if you are more daring in the kitchen, some capers). For the rest of the seasoning this recipe has influences from Asia and North Africa. All I can wish you now is to enjoy making it, and obviously, eating it. It is important that you personalize the quantity of seasoning you put in. In my case, I really like to have a strong taste of spices, so I increase the quantities versus the one I have put into this recipe that is quite mild.

Bon appétit!

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Lentils with Red Onions, Vinegar and Cilantro Yum
There are a few things a vegetarian blog needs to have. Among them, a good lentil preparation recipe. Lentils are a must for everyone, but for vegetarians, they are a great source of protein and of iron. This recipe works perfectly for a warm dish, and a cold salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by cleaning the lentils under running water.
  2. Continue by chopping the onions and the garlic.
  3. In a large saucepan heat the olive oil and put the spices in(cumin/sweet paprika/turmeric/coriander seeds). After one minute the oil will be very fragrant, you can therefore add half of the chopped onions and the garlic. Cook until soft.
  4. Add the lentils and stir for less than a minute.
  5. Add 3 mugs of water with a vegetable stock to the saucepan. Let it cook on low fire for 30 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off, add the vinegar, the rest of the chopped onions, the fresh cilantro and salt and pepper (and the capers optionally). Serve with (or without) rice or a salad, and you are good to go!
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