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Hearty Millet-Beluga Lentil Stew

Recipe, text and photo by Nele Liivlaid (Nutriplanet)

The other evening I wanted to prepare the traditional Indian red lentil dal for dinner โ€“ just to discover that mysteriously my red lentils had run out ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, then I had a look around in my cupboard and saw beluga lentils โ€“ very well, Iโ€™ll just make the dal with these I thought. But then I noticed the millet jar and thought โ€“ why not try to mix the lentils and the millet together in a stew. I knew the lentils would colour the millet somewhat bluish, but that did not discourage me a bit โ€“ think about cuttlefish paellas ๐Ÿ™‚

The outcome was a very satisfying hearty dish which I served with oven-baked vegetables and fresh salad. My husband and my 4-year-old loved it too!

Serves 3 very easily

150 g (5 ounces) beluga lentils
100 g (3.5 ounces) millet
1 onion (chopped)
ยฝ tsp curry powder
ยฝ tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
ยฝ tsp cumin
3 tsp organic broth powder
ยฝ cup (125 ml) coconut milk
Water โ€“ as much as needed for required consistency/thickness
3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Rinse the millet and lentils very well. It would be ideal to soak them first for 5-7 hours which then of course shortens the cooking time and makes them more easily digestible.
Crush the spices.

In a medium saucepan on high heat, add 1 tablespoon of water. When the water begins to sputter, add the chopped onion, and cook stirring for about 3 minutes, adding water just as needed to prevent sticking (one tbsp at a time). Add crushed spices, curry and broth powder, and cook stirring for an additional minute.

Add millet, lentils and water. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 25-30 minutes (unsoaked) until the lentils and millet are soft. Add water whenever necessary. I like my stew quite soft. Towards the end add coconut milk.

Stir in nutritional yeast.

Enjoy with raw and cooked vegetables or as a separate dish!

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