Monday, February 13, 2006

Lentils with Bulgur Wheat and Carmelized Onions

This is one of the very few recipes that I haven't altered in some way. In this recipe, it's really the carmelized onions that do it for me. The overall spices of the lentils and bulgur are very mellow, and you almost just catch a taste of them, which allows the deep flavor of the carmelized onions to round out the flavor. I can't say this is a recipe that will be made on a weekly or biweekly basis, but the flavors are interesting enough to make it again.

Lentils and Bulghur

Lentils with Bulgur Wheat and Carmelized Onions
1 cup dry green lentils, rinsed
3 cups water
1 cup bulgur wheat
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch grated nutmeg
Pinch allspice
3 large onions, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped parsley

In a medium pot, combine the lentils and water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer until still firm and almost done, 15 to 18 minutes. Add the bulgur wheat and 1/2 teaspoon salt, cover, and remove from the heat. Let sit until the bulgur is tender and the water is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes, adding more water is the wheat seems dry.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring, until very soft, 5 minutes.

Add the garlic, cumin, cinnamon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, nutmeg, and allspice, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the lentil and bulgur wheat mixture and stir well to combine. Remove from the heat.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized to a very dark brown color, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Transfer the lentil and bulgur wheat mixture to a platter and top with the caramelized onions. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, to taste. Serve either hot or at room temperature.

1 comment:

layla42 said...

Hmm. Not bad, but like you said, not a weekly repeater. I should have taken the quantites into account as it makes a lot!
I messed with the seasonings and added some veggie and chicken base to the cooking lentil to boost the flavors. But since I love veggies and lentils, I had to throw in fresh carrots and spinach.
I'm going to make some Moroccan bread later, it should pair nicely with it.