Taco Style French Lentils
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French lentils really stand out in this amazing Mexican flavored dish. These are great as a puree, chunky puree or for dipping into.
Recipe type: Mains
Cuisine: Mexican inspired
Serves: 2 cups
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ Tbsp whole cumin seeds*
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup dry French puy lentils, rinsed
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 Tsp chili powder
  • salt to preference
  1. Add oil to skillet/pot with heavy lid (or pressure cooker) and turn to medium high heat
  2. Once oil is hot, add whole cumin seeds and cook for a minute until they begin to brown (Tip: test the oil by adding a few cumin seeds and see if they sizzle)
  3. Add in onion and cook until they just begin to turn translucent, stirring occasionally
  4. Add in garlic stir well and cook until it is slightly browned (30 sec)
  5. Add in lentils, 3 cups water, and chili powder
  6. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on medium heat for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add additional water ½ cup at a time as needed. (Pressure Cooker: cover and cook in pressure cooker for 3 whistles or 10 min on high pressure)
  7. The lentils are done when they are tender and soft.
  8. Serve as a puree** or with corn tortillas, avocado, cashew crema, tomatoes, or chips. Mine loves dipping into the lentils herself, so I rarely make actual tacos.
*If you don't have whole cumin seeds, a) get some!!, but b) use 1 Tbsp cumin powder in the same step and just cook for a few seconds before adding in the lentils and water so it doesn't burn. Toasting the spices a bit really brings out the flavor
**For little ones who are just starting to try new flavors, I would just use onion and cumin for flavor and puree smoothly before serving!
Recipe by Plant Bellies at https://plantbellies.com/taco-style-french-lentils/