Recipe by EmilyStrikesAgain
From "The Flexitarian Cookbook" by Peter Berley. An excellent way to use rhubarb during the summer that's not for dessert!
Top Review by Ruth C.
This was good, but I felt that the heavy spice masked the rhubarb's flavor. If you have a garden full of rhubarb and want to use it up, but are tired of the flavor then this recipe is for you. If you have a small amount of rhubarb and you want a recipe where you can savor the flavor, I'd suggest something that gives it more of a starring role.
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
- sea salt or kosher salt
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
- 2 cups diced potatoes (1/2 inch)
- 1 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
- 1 cup French lentils, soaked for 4-6 hours and drained
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup thawed frozen peas
- For the Spice Blend: In a bowl, stir together all the ingredients.
- For the Lentils: In a heavy 3 to 4 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, ginger, and a large pinch of salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 8-10 minutes. Uncover, stir in the garlic and the spice blend, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
- Add the cabbage, potatoes, rhubarb, lentils, brown sugar, and bay leaf, along with enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary to keep the dish fairly soupy.
- When lentils are tender, season with salt to taste, stir in the peas, and simmer until the peas are just tender, about 4 minutes.