Great flavor when served immediately, and also great when served as a leftover. I did leave out the bacon (served as part of a middle-eastern dinner party, so no pork) I also blended together (food processor) about 1/2 of the cooked lentil mixture so that part of the the sauce was thickened, and yet part of it remained in larger pieces (lentil, diced tomato, etc). Added a small squirt of fresh lemon juice to each serving, and included kibbeh on the "colorful" menu as well as tabbouleh, middleeastern beet salad and rice pilaf. Thank you for a great recipe that we will definitely be making again!
Wow, fantastic meal. I would love the lentils just on their own, although adding the meatballs to the lentils certainly gave the dish an extra layer of flavour. Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. They're mostly spices and the dish comes together quite quickly. Less than an hour in my case from start to finish. I used a mixture of brown and red lentils. Thanks for a superb recipe. Ten stars if I could!
Thank you for a wonderful dinner tonight. The flavour of the meatballs and the lentils were quite different, but both came together really well in the finished dish. We ate it in soup bowls (as it is quite soupy) with a tomato, cucumber, yoghurt salad, and crusty bread. I wish there were more stars to give you for a recipe I've had in my cookbook since it was published!