This warm salad is so comforting. I'm spoiled because my aunt makes this for me each time I visit her, but I figured it's about time I learn to make it for myself.
Dietitian's Recommendation: Unlike beans, lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking, but it's still advised that you do soak the lentils first, even if for a couple hours, before cooking. It serves to not only shorten the cooking time, but may also improve the nutritional qualities of this power food. It also helps to reduce any bloating that may be experienced in sensitive individuals. For more information, check out this PUL article on the benefits of soaking.
A small portion makes for a great snack or side dish, while a larger portion makes for a deliciously filling fall or dinner meal. If you're looking for a post-workout meal, this is a great dish. It’s high in carbohydrates and protein.
More than anything for me it was a comforting dish that felt like a delicate hug in my belly – because I knew it was always made with love. I hope you too can enjoy the simplicity of this delicious and healthy home-cooked meal. Feed it to those you love – because it’s food that will also love them back.
Warm Lentil & Potato Salad
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 3 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 28 min
1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup (200 g) green lentil (preferably soaked overnight, optional)
1 cup (250 mL) water
½ tsp ground turmeric powder
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 potato, diced into 1cm chunks
Add oil and onions to a medium sized pot on medium-high heat and sauté until the onions are lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients. Partially cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Note: DO NOT cover with a lid entirely as the lentils and water create a foam that will overflow.
Stir once or twice until the lentils are soft and the potatoes cooked, approximately 20 minutes.
Want the meal to cook quicker? Cut the potatoes into smaller cubes… although I like to allow it to simmer a little longer so all the flavours and spices infuse.
It's true that lentils do not need to be soaked prior to cooking, but I highly recommend it. There may be more health benefits associated with prior soaking, even if for a couple hours. Soaking also serves to quicken the cooking process.
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