Pretentious Lentils

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Food, by definition, means any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth.

For some people, food is an identity representing their cultural heritage and ethnicity and for others is that fancy and well presented plate that will fit perfectly in their instagram wall.

For me, Food is a whole different thing……

My first story with food, was told to me by my mother, in fact, she loves that story, it was on a hot summer day of 1994, I was 4 and my grandmother came to pick me up from home for a weekend sleepover, that night she made lentils for dinners and I think they were not good because my first reaction was to look to my granny in the eyes (According to Mom’s story) and with a very pretentious and firm way to say to her *There is no way I would eat that*, I think she took it too personally because according to my mom that night my grandmother dropped me back home and made sure to tell my mother, how spoiled and pretentious I am, to reject the food, or as we call food in Morocco, *Naamat Allah* (the gift of god).

But seriously, guys, lentils in the middle of the summer….. WTH.

See, in our culture food is so sacred that we have to eat it even if it’s bad, it should never be rejected nor repulsed, we should not complain because if we do, god will curse us and deprive us from it.

I always disagreed with that. Food for me is the best way to build an emotional bridge with people. It’s even the best way to self-love, think about it, if you are a food lover, making good and delicious meals for yourself is a way to spoil yourself.

Cooking for your family for Thanksgiving or in Ramadan is the best way to look after your family and loved ones and show them how much you care about them.

So, if you want to feel love or express love through food, it shouldn’t be anything less than deliciously divine( i just made up this expression, but I’m sure you got my point:)

That is why, I’m sharing below, my simple yet *deliciously divine* lentils recipe, I hope you will enjoy it 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups (340g) brown or green lentils
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 ripe medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ground pepper and salt to taste
  • 1.5 L water or vegetable stock

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sautee the onion, garlic and carrot in a large pot with 2 Tbsp of olive oil for a few minutes.
  2. Then add the salt, turmeric, cumin, paprika and ginger. Cook, stirring for 2‘. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and allow to reduce for about 4’.
  3. Add the lentils and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cook covered over a medium heat for about 50-60’, or until the lentils are tender (if the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add as more water as needed) Adjust the seasoning and serve hot. Garnish with fresh coriander or parsley. Enjoy!

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