Red Lentil Salad

 

My friend Kelzee made this delicious salad.  It is full of flavor and amazing textures.  It has tons of spices and a very complex flavor.  Everyone loved it!

Does not that look like a wonderful picnic meal?  It was just perfect.

Red Lentil Salad

This recipe was made by my friend Kelzee.  She found it at the cooking channel.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • a pinch coriander seeds
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated radish
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

1. Toast the almonds in a heavy skillet over medium heat until they are golden and very aromatic, 5 to 6 minutes.  Roughly chop them and set aside.

2. Put the lentils in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.  Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil and cook until they are just barely tender and still quite red, about 2 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water to halt the cooking process.  Shake out all excess water, and then put the lentils into a large bowl.

3. Pour the oil into a skillet and, when it is hot, add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the garam masala, cumin, mustard, cardamom and coriander seeds and cook for 1 minute.  Add the lime juice, and then pour over the lentils.  Then add the carrots, radishes, red peppers, cilantro and mint.  Season with salt and pepper and toss well to combine.

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