My Mom’s Lentils with Potatoes

As a kid I ate lentils everyday and never got tired of them because my mom was good with many different recipes. Lentils are nutritious, cheap and filling and I want to share a favorite recipe with you today.

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Lentils with Butternut Squash

Growing up we ate lentils pretty much every day as they were nutritious, cheap, and filling. I didn’t appreciate lentils as much back then but now crave it often and miss my Mom’s cooking. My Mom tried to change things up so we didn’t get too bored with the lentils. She would find different kinds of lentils and would use different recipes to make lentils interesting. One of my favorites was fried pakoras, sometimes with vegetables or meats, that I plan to write up as a recipe in the future.

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Dal with Zucchini

Growing up I ate masoor dal (red lentils) virtually every day and loved it for its taste. Now that I’m older I also realize it’s great because it’s affordable and very nutritious as well. Another thing that I love is zucchini, which I never tasted before coming to the U.S. Dal and zucchini are not a common thing to eat together, but I’ve discovered over time that they go great together! Now I want to share this with you in a recipe.

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Ham and Lentil Soup

When I was working for the university I used to create many soup recipes for use in the fall and winter. We went through vast quantities of soup as it was consistently a popular entrée. Every day we offered multiple soups especially as we needed to cater to students who may be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. One of my most popular soups was the one I present today.

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Sambar (Lentil and Vegetable Stew)

My garden is still going strong even in October. I have been harvesting vegetables like beans, eggplant, okra, and tomatoes. I eat more veggies than anyone else in my family as others are a bit picky. I am always trying new ways to cook veggies for my family. One dish I thought they would like is called Sambar. It has no meat and tastes great with just about any vegetable that you add.

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