Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Y2K38 Red Lentil Stew Over Rice

This stew is named after a potential computer problem à la Y2K. I guess exactly 27 years from now everything is going to hell (again). You can read about that on Wikipedia. This stew was not a disaster, however. It's not super flavorful, so it's better served less than piping hot. I anticipate it'll be better reheated.

Next time I make something like this I'm going to up the herbs and spices, either increase the amount of lentils or decrease the amount of tomatoes, and cook the lentils separately. One-pot meals are not my specialty. I'm going to be eating these leftovers FOREVER!

makes approx. 5-6 servings

1 c. rice
1 c. red lentils
28 oz. can fire roasted crush tomatoes
4 large stalks and leaves green chard, chopped
1 medium red onion, diced
1 small bulb garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
28 oz. water
2 dried red chilies, chopped
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. whole Tellicherry peppercorns
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Cook the rice.
2. Over medium heat, cook the onion in some oil in a large soup pot. When translucent, add the garlic. After a minute or so, add the chard stems. Let cook for a few minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, lentils, vinegar, and 14 oz. water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Add the remaining water, chard leaves, and seasoning. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

I might have had something to do with this zine, Total Liberation #2.

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