I received this recipe from a walking comrade on Walker-Tracker. It's really very good, and a lentil recipe that I am happy to add to my collection.
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 1/2 pound)
- 1 garlic clove, pressed (or minced)
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cardamom seed (without pods)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried hot red chilies, crushed
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash
- pastry for single-crust pie
- 1 egg, beaten
- In a large kettle, mix onions, garlic, and ginger.
- Coarsely crush the coriander, cumin, and cardamom with mortar and pestle (or run them through a blender to make a coarse powder).
- Add the spices to the onion mixture along with 1/4 cup water.
- Stir occasionally over med-high head until liquid evaporates and a brown film forms in the bottom of the pan, 10-12 minutes.
- Deglaze the pan by adding a little water and stir to loosen the brown bits.
- Repeat step, cooking mixture dry and deglazing, until onions are richly browned, about 2 more times.
- Sort, rinse and drain lentils; add them to pan along with broth.
- Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- While lentils are simmering, cut off peel and scoop seeds out of squash.
- Cut squash into 3/4-inch cubes, making about 1 quart.
- Add squash to pan; cover and simmer until lentils and squash are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain liquid from lentils and measure. Return no more than 3/4 cup liquid back to lentils. Pour mixture into a shallow 1 1/2 qt casserole. (If you are making ahead, you can cover and chill up to one day).
- On a floured board, roll pastry dough to match dimensions of casserole plus about an inch on all sides.
- Lay pastry rectangle over lentil mixture; folding excess pastry under and press dough firmly against casserole rim.
- Pinch dough to flute edges, and brush with beaten egg.
- Decoratively slash top.
- Bake in 400F oven for about 30 minutes (45 minutes if chilled).
yummy veggie dinner! I omitted the chili peppers for DH and used acorn instead of butternut squash and it turned out lovely. I'd like it have a little more "gravy" - thanks for the recipe