They say rice and beans is a poor man’s meal, but 24 hours later, I’m still patting myself on the back for this one.
Because as far as I’m concerned, last night’s dinner was perfect.
1. It was delicious–everyone ate it.
2. It was cheap–under $5 for the ENTIRE family.
3. It was quick and easy, taking less than a half hour to prepare.
Here’s all it took: A buffet of bowls filled with: brown rice, lentils, feta cheese, homemade naan, sliced hard boiled eggs and a spicy paste. Everybody grabbed a plate and built their choice of food over the naan.
1 cup red lentils (they actually look orange)
3 cloves minced garlic
2T minced ginger
1t garam masala*
1T soy sauce
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Put the lentils, garlic and ginger in a pot and just cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are soft. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until desired consistency. Add the other spices and soy sauce.
*Available at Whole Foods, Target or in health food aisles. You could omit this, but it won’t taste as authentic.
Process all ingredients with a mortar and pestle or in a food processor. (The mortar and pestle really tastes better. And with free labor, it’s really no more work.)