Masala with Green Lentils

Vegetarians beware!

This is a classic indian dish in name only. I sautéed red onion, pears with bacon and masala sauce and served it over lentils with brown rice*. YUM!

The spice in the sauce neutralized with the sweet pear.

Quantity for 4-6


1  cup Green Lentils, soaked and remove the floaters then drain

1 Tsp salt

1 cup Brown Rice

1 quart vegetable stock

4 Tablespoons grape seed or canola oil (2 for rice 2 for saute)

1  red onion, peeled and cut – small dice

12 ounces bacon, cut into 1″ pieces

3 pears, peel, core and cut in small cubes

juice from 1 Lemon

2 Tsp Garam Masala

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 Tsp salt

1/3 cup Coconut Milk

3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (or puree reconstituted Sun Dried Tomatoes)

2 Tablespoon Cilantro, clean, dry and chop


Place soaked lentils in a pot and cover with enough cold water to cover them. Add the tsp of salt, place pot over a high heat and bring to a boil for 10 minutes then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft.

In another pot, add veg stock and 6 cups of water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Remove lid then add 2 tablespoons olive oil and rice and allow to boil for 25 minutes. Drain in a colander and return rice to pot, cover with the lid and simmer for 10 minutes or until if becomes fluffy when tested with a fork.

In a large saute over a medium to high heat, add 2 Tablespoon of grape seed oil, heat for 30 seconds then add bacon and onion. Cook for 8 minutes or until the onion begins to caramelize. Add pears and cook for 5 minutes occasionally stirring. Stir in Garam Masala, cayenne,and salt. After a minute add 1/4 cup water, tomato paste and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes them add lemon juice. Serve over rice and lentil and top with cilantro.


*The cheat is to use a packaged Brown Rice & Lentils, which is great for the 30 Minutes Meal


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