Lenten Lentils, Oaxacan-Style

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
50 mins

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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Ingredients

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Directions

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