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    Lenten Lentils, Oaxacan-Style

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    1 hrs 15 mins

    25 mins

    50 mins

    EdsGirlAngie's Note:

    These unusual, luscious lentils are a traditional Lenten meal of Oaxaca, Mexico. Pineapple, plantain, cloves and allspice give this dish a tropical feel - plus there's plenty of garlic for zip. Garnish with fried plantain slices.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Bring lentils and water to a boil, with 2 halved garlic cloves and 1/2 white onion.
    2. 2
      Reduce heat, then cover and simmer over low heat about 20 minutes or until lentils are tender but not mushy.
    3. 3
      Drain and reserve lentil cooking liquid.
    4. 4
      At this point, I like to fish out the garlic halves but leave the onion, which breaks down in the lentils.
    5. 5
      Season with salt.
    6. 6
      Heat oil in large saucepan and saute chopped white onion and the 2 minced garlic cloves until onion is soft.
    7. 7
      Add plantain, pineapple and tomatoes; cook until plantain is soft, anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.
    8. 8
      Add lentils and some reserved lentil cooking liquid.
    9. 9
      Continue cooking until mixture thickens a little; add more cooking liquid or even some vegetable or chicken broth if necessary so lentils aren't dry.
    10. 10
      Serve garnished with fried plantain slices.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 29, 2011

      55

      This is an a-maz-ing recipe! I did the lazy-man's version and I just threw the chopped onion, minced garlic, small Dupuy lentils, pineapple, plantain, spices, 2 cups of tomato juice, and 1 cup of water in a heavy pot and simmered (covered) for about 45 min.

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    • on March 04, 2009

      55

      Wow. This is so good and different. I really like the complexity of the flavors. Thanks for posting.

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    • on August 21, 2006

      55

      We loved this, I've made it twice. We're trying heart-healthy foods, and this was perfect. Tasty and different from the usual lentil soup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lenten Lentils, Oaxacan-Style

    Serving Size: 1 (489 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 277.4
     
    Calories from Fat 38
    13%
    Total Fat 4.2 g
    6%
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    3%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 17.0 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 52.0 g
    17%
    Dietary Fiber 14.4 g
    57%
    Sugars 17.7 g
    71%
    Protein 11.3 g
    22%

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