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Nov 7, 2010 01:53 PM

Main courses with lentils and/or split peas - not soup.

Ive been wanting to add more legumes to my diet (not a huge bean fan), but have decided that I like lentils and split peas, especially since they take less time to cook. Or at least, not the soaking part that I always forget about.

in the mood for something wintery and comforty, that's not soup. I think I have in my head my favorite dishes from an ethiopian restaurant (Mesir Wat and Kik Alicha). What are some of your favorite stew or dishes made with lentils/split peas that are good for a cold fall/winter day?

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  1. Many wonderful Indian recipes, but this is my favorite:

    I also make a shepherd's pie which uses lentils instead of meat.

    1. Lentils with Kielbasa is always a favorite with my extended family.

      1 or 2 lbs kielbasa (I used one package)
      2 yellow onions, diced
      3 stalks celery, diced
      3 or 4 big carrots, diced
      1 lb lentils
      Water or broth, as much as you desire
      Fresh thyme, if you have it

      Slice the Kielbasa and brown it in a large soup pot. When it's nice and brown take it out and put it onto a plate. Add the diced vegetables to the pot, turn down the heat to low, and let them cook for about 8-10 minutes.

      Pour in as much of whatever liquids you like, bring to a boil, add the lentils, thyme, and sausage, turn down to a simmer, and cook until done (generally about 1/2 hour).

      When it's done and how much liquid should be added are both to your taste. Some people like a soup, others like a heftier bean dish. How long it cooks and how much liquid is added are both key in this.

          1. Ethiopians make a few great lentil stews. Ye Misser Wat is my favorite.