Stewed Lentils

Stewed Lentils

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1 hours y 6 minutes
Calories: 115
2 people

Here is our super recipe for stewed lentils! This dish is one of the oldest and most beloved in Mediterranean cuisine and it is known for being delicious, easy to prepare, and very nutritious. The history of lentils dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, where they have been cultivated and consumed for over 8,000 years. Over time, it became a popular dish throughout Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal, and then in Latin America.

In this recipe, we'll show you how to achieve delicious stewed lentils in the comfort of your own home, following simple steps and using easily obtainable ingredients. Stay till the end because we're leaving you with some great tips. And get ready to surprise your family and friends with this delicious dish!

Ingredients for Stewed Lentils for 2 people

  • 1 cup of dry lentils
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 chorizos cut into large slices (or if you prefer, spicy, to your liking).
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Water or chicken broth (enough to cover the lentils)

How to make the recipe Stewed Lentils

  1. In a medium pot, place the dry lentils and cover with water, let them soak for at least 2 or 3 hours (it is often done to soak them overnight)
  2. Drain the lentils and rinse them several times until the water comes out clean.
  3. In a medium pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, and chorizo, and sauté until they are soft and golden, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato, cumin, and paprika and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the drained lentils and mix well with the vegetables and spices.
  7. Add enough water or chicken broth to cover the lentils and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cover the pot and cook over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes or until the lentils are soft and the broth is thick.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy your stewed lentils.

Notes and Tips

Here are some tips and tricks for preparing perfect Stewed Lentils:

If you want a tastier and richer version, you can add some pieces of bacon or black pudding to the sauté before adding the lentils.

It is important to choose the right lentils. Brown lentils or red lentils are the best for this recipe, as they have a firm texture and do not easily break down during cooking.

Make sure to soak the lentils for at least 2 hours before cooking them, this will help them cook faster and prevent them from breaking down during cooking.

It's important to use the right spices to achieve a full and balanced flavor. You can adjust the amount of spices according to your personal taste.

To give more flavor to the stew, you can add a tablespoon of tomato paste, this will also help thicken the broth.

If you prefer a lighter version, you can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Serve hot and accompany with rice, bread, or tortillas.

You can store the stewed lentils in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and heat them before serving.

An additional trick to give a better flavor to the lentils is to add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice at the end of cooking.

Enjoy a delicious and healthy recipe!

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