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Anyone have a good lentil recipe?

I'm trying to find a good recipe for a lentil side dish. Not lentil soup though, I can find plenty of those recipes.

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  1. i don't know about anyone else, but i'm gonna need more detail for this one. a side dish to go with WHAT? is there a particular ethnic cuisine you had in mind? certain flavors, herbs & spices you love? hate? will it be served cold or room temp? green lentils, black lentils, yellow lentils, red lentils...?

    i think you get the idea ;)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      ok then, i guess i'll just dive in:
      - barbecue lentils are a terrific alternative to baked beans
      - masoor dal is terrific if you want an Indian-spiced dish that's not too complicated to prepare
      - this Gourmet recipe for lentil salad with tomato & dill is delicious and perfect for this time of year
      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
      - lentil salad with mint, feta, shallot or red onion and a red wine vinaigrette

    2. In a previous lentil posting, nomadchowwaoman introduced us to a simple, but delicious lentil recipe. Cumin, cayenne, and onions. Simple to prepare and very flavorful. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6786...

      1. Dal Makhani is lentil based and pretty delicious. it takes quite a while to make though :- /

        1. Google mjeddrah, A Middle Eastern rice, lentil & caramelized onion dish.

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          1. re: Rmis32

            The vidalia onions in season caramelized have a sweet flavor. Added brown lentils and some chicken broth to the pan after onions were carmelized and set aside. I cooked the lentils until they were done and added the same amount of rice as the lentils with additional liquid. Seasoned the dish with cumin, cardamon and cinnamon. Topped with carmelized onion,

            1. re: Rmis32

              I made this for dinner tonight. This dish has a lot of different variations and spellings. A similar dish has bulgur in place of rice. It's a little bit less substantial -- more of a side dish. Made with rice, this dish is very filling.

              The key to both dishes, I think, is lots of caramelized onions and lots of olive oil. Claudia Roden's recipe also calls for some onions that have been sweated and lightly browned, but not caramelized. I think that's a nice touch.

            2. If your side dish plans include a salad, a very nice salad is lentils tossed while still warm with a lemony, garlicky vinaigrette and any/all of the following: diced tomatoes, finely minced scallions or red onion, parsley or other herbs, minced celery, chopped hard boiled eggs, spinach leaves or other greens.