spice question for lentil dish
I just realized that I have (some) vegetarians coming for dinner tonight; I am adding a lentil dish to the menu. I have on hand a good spice shelf and some fresh ginger.
So I am going to brown onions and celery and cook them with French lentils. What can I do to make this interesting? Sesame oil? Especially, any good ideas for spicing?
I also have red lentils on hand, I could do something with them instead of the French lentils.
Curried carrot/ coconut milk soup
Cabbage stuffed with lamb and Moroccan spices in red sauce
Rice and chickpeas with a different blend of Moroccan spices and a cartload of chopped parsley
mini zucchini, steamed
(We don't eat like this every night; it's the Sabbath.)
Since it appears the lentils will be the main dish for the vegetarians, I'd stay in the same flavor family and add Indian spices to the lentils: coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala if you have it. Would crisp onions for on top and maybe add some naan, which would also go well with the lamb.
I've been making French lentils cooked with carrots, celery and onions. They are so flavorful with just a little salt and pepper I don't think you really need to add much to them. They pick up a really sweet note from the carrots and onions. I have eaten this as a main course on a few occasions.