Friday, September 16, 2011

Spice Market Sweet Potato and Lentil Packets

I was so skeptical of this lentil dish. While lentils are my favourite legume, this dish seemed too simple to be good. Just some veggies, raisins, garlic, curry powder. But it's actually really good. Really really good. In a kitchen where I don't often repeat recipes, this one has already been made several times. It's easy to make, healthy, and super tasty (this appears to be the holy trinity for me). The addition of raisins might be my favourite part. I like eating it with some brown rice, but any other grain would be good too.

Abby time!

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Pumpkin Lentil Curry
Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot & Red Lentil Soup with Ginger
Sunflower-Lentil Pie
Spiced Squash, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad

Spice Market Sweet Potato and Lentil Packets
Adapted from Vegetarian Times May/June 2010

Serves 4

3/4 cup dry green or brown lentils
2 cups finely diced sweet potato (about 1/2 lb)
1 large red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 cups)
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp curry powder
Salt & pepper
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1. Cook the lentils in at least 2 cups of water for about 25-30 minutes, until soft but still firm.

2. Preheat oven to 400F. Place 4 16-inch lengths of foil on work surface. Fold foil in half from short side. Unfold. Shape corners and edges of one half into semicircular "bowl" with 1/2-inch sides.

3. Combine sweet potato, bell pepper, peas, raisins, oil, ginger, garlic and curry powder in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Divide sweet potato mixture among packets; top with 1/3 cup lentils. Pour 1/4 cup broth over lentils. Fold other half of foil over ingredients, and crimp edges in overlapping folds until packets are sealed. Transfer packets to baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes.


Joanne said...

That's definitely my holy trinity as well! I definitely would have been skeptical of this as well, but I trust your review!

Jacqueline said...

Sounds good, but I am not sure about the raisins.

janet @ the taste space said...

yeah, it is typically the simple recipes that get repeated here, too, like the dal bhat! Simple, tasty and healthy is where its at! :)

kickpleat said...

I love being surprised by simple recipes! And I'm curious about the foil packets too. Interesting!

adam and theresa said...

nice cooking method! Looks fairly hassle free too. Keep those picks of Abby coming too! We love 'em.

Xiaolu said...

Kitteh! And the food looks delicious, too. Looking forward to eating lots of orange things this fall =D

Lisa said...

Your cat is super cute and this dish is so appetizing. I always enjoy your posts.

paul said...

looks great
Will make it and I well post back
love and peace

paul said...

love it

paul said...

ill let you no when I make it .
thank you