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Moroccan Lentils and Table Bread

By on July 17, 2014

   Lentils are stars in Morocco. They’re a classic part of Moroccan cuisine and a ubiquitous start to most meals, at home or in restaurants. When Moroccans eat out table service often begins with lots of rustic brown bread and lots of lentil stew to dip it in. This classic combination of whole grains and stewed legumes passed down through generations of Moroccan kitchens is hearty and healthy. Easy and delicious too!

Makes enough for 8 people as a starter or 4 as a main course.

2 cups of Canadian green lentils
1 shredded onion
1 tablespoon of ginger powder
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of turmeric or curry powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
2 ripe tomatoes, grated through the largest holes of 
a standard box grater, skin discarded
2 heaping tablespoons of tomato paste
6 cups of water
a handful of tender parsley leaves and stems, lightly chopped
1 loaf of rustic whole-grain bread for tearing and sharing

DIRECTIONS
    Measure all the ingredients except the parsley and bread into a medium sauce pan. Over medium high heat, while stirring gently, bring the works to a full furious boil. Adjust the heat lowering the pace to a slow steady simmer. 
    Cover and continue cooking until the lentils are tender and delicious, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and rest for 10 minutes or longer as you ready the rest of your meal. At the last minute stir in the parsley. Pour the dip into one large festive bowl or several smaller ones. Serve and share with lots of rustic bread for tearing and dipping.

Love lentils? Try these recipes next: Crispy Lentil Fritters and Gujarati Thali with Lentil & Basmati. Lentils are listed as one of Canada's Top 7 Superfoods.

Courtesy of Lentil Hunter, Recipes from Around the Globe with Chef Michael Smith. Check out the web series at: lentilhunter.ca

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