Red Lentil Doshas (Savory Indian Crepes)

Doshas are a popular dish in South India. They are traditionally made with basmati rice and a type of legume called urad dahl. The beans and rice are soaked in water, then ground into a batter and fermented overnight. I have simplified the recipe and used red lentils, a more common legume, which is readily…

Red Lentil Stew

This a a great one-pot dish made with legumes, grains and veggies. People really enjoy this recipe, and it’s great for cold-weather fare. Ingredients 1½ cups red lentils*, rinsed and drained ½ cup millet (or quinoa or steel-cut oats), rinsed and drained Water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or to taste) 1–2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger ½…

Peppery Red Lentil Patties

I created this recipe for my “Fantastic Fiber” demo at work. Lentils are high in fiber and so versatile. Because of their high fiber content they are considered to be one of the cleansing foods. This is a new way to enjoy lentils–an idea I got from the Indian dishes idlis and vadas, which are…

Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often prepare). During the summer I made a few lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I decided to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. French lentils, (small) brown…

Foods for Winter Blues

If you are like most people, the shorter daylight hours and dreary weather of winter can sometimes get you down. Less sunlight and fewer opportunities for outdoor exercise can combine to make you feel sluggish. But did you know you can improve the way you feel by eating certain natural foods? It’s true. In fact,…

Lentil Salad with Kale

This is another way to prepare lentils, if you’re looking for an alternative to soup. The small lentils (French and black) hold their shape when cooked, so can be used for salads. This dish can be eaten cool or warm. Ingredients 1 cup dry French lentils, rinsed and drained 1½ cups water ½ vegetable bouillon…