Until today I have vever really dabbled in the lentil world.
In reality, I was actually kinda scared of them. I had no idea how to cook them or what to use them in.
Until now. I have to say, that what follows could very well be the yummiest thing I have ever made. I am about to email this recipet to my MIL so that she can make it for me for Christmas dinner (she is freaking out over what to make me - Freaking out!)
I took the basic recipe from here and tweeked it to my tastes.
SPICY LENTIL & RICE LOAF
1 1/2 cups ggreen lentils
3 1/2 cups water
2 small or 1 large Onion, chopped
2 cups brown basmati rice, cooked
1/2 tsp. minced Garlic (optional)
1/3 cup + 1/3 cup Hot or Mild Salsa, divided
3 tsp of chili powder
3 tsp of cumin
3 tsp of crushed red peppers
Preheat ovento 350
Rinse and sort lentils.
In medium saucepan, bring lentils and water to a boil for 3 - 4 minutes, then reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed.
Sauté onions and garlic in oil (I use refined coconut oil) until clear and soft.
In a blender or food processor puree lentils
Combine lentils with onion, garlic, rice, 1/3 cup salsa, chilli powder, cumin and red pepper flakes
Firmly press mixture into a well oiled loaf pan and cover the top with remaining salsa.
Bake for 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for at least 2 hrs! Otherwise it will crumble.