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so tell me what to do with them! (they are dried)<br><br><br><br>
also while we are at it, what in the world do i do with jerusalem artichokes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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check on this board or vegweb for recipes. they cook in 15-20 mins with no presoaking. the are excellent--add them to whatever you are eating. there are several yummy varieties--try them all!!!
 

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My brother makes a great chili using lentils. Just make chili using the ingredients you would for pinto or kidney beans, but add basic brown lentils instead. The cooking time is much faster. Basic chili would be Cayenne "chili mix"-- onion powder some garlic or fresh garlic cloves, a little salt, a can of stewed tomato (fresh is just as good), some cilantro if you have it.<br><br><br><br>
Here is a history of the Lentil, and instructions on how to cook:<br><br><a href="http://www.icarda.cgiar.org/Publications/Cook/Lentil/Lentil.html" target="_blank">http://www.icarda.cgiar.org/Publicat...il/Lentil.html</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Lentils are also a good cheap sprouting pulse-- if you know how to make your own sprouts it is worth trying the humble lentil. They are great chilled on top of a cold potato salad, or a veggie grill. Great for summertime eats.<br><br><br><br>
Yet more lentil Lore: Sprouting instructions: cooking instructions, recipies:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch22.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch22.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Lentils are also great as lentil burgers-- I am sure someone here has posted a good recipie. Good luck.
 

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You bought a food ingredient with no idea how to use it? Interesting.<br><br><br><br>
Why not do a bit of research on various recipes, find a few that look good and then purchase the ingredients required for those recipes? That way you get to try the ingredient in the manner best suited to it, you get to learn how to cook them correctly and you have a better chance of actually liking the food item for future use.<br><br><br><br>
What kind of lentils are they? Quick cooking red lentils? Puy lentils for French stews? Green lentils? Yellow?
 

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This site vegparadise is pretty good. The entrys are informative and capture many aspects of the food in question-- Here's Jerusalem Artichoke:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch26.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch26.html</a><br><br><br><br>
I've never had one. I cant help you out there.
 

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eekamax,<br><br><br><br>
Lentils are great and really easy to use. Here is a quick dhal masala recipe I make all the time.<br><br><br><br>
They are also really good in soups and curries.<br><br><br><br>
enjoy!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
1 large onion, diced<br><br>
1 clove garlic, crushed<br><br>
1-2 green chillies, finely chopped with seeds<br><br>
6 tomatoes, diced (or 1 can of diced tomatoes)<br><br>
1 cup green or brown lentils (soaked over night and boiled in water for 5mins)<br><br>
1/2 tsp cumin seeds<br><br>
1 tbl vegetable oil<br><br>
1/2 tsp turmeric powder<br><br>
1/2 tsp garam masala<br><br>
1 tsp salt<br><br>
1/3 cup water<br><br>
Juice of 1 lemon<br><br>
2 tbl curry leaves (dried or fresh)<br><br><br><br>
1. Heat oil, add cumin seeds.<br><br>
2. Add onion, garlic, chillies and fry for 1 minute.<br><br>
3. Add tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes.<br><br>
4. Add lentils, salt, turmeric, garam masala and water.<br><br>
5. Cook for a few minutes, season with lemon juice and curry leaves.<br><br>
6. Serve with basmati rice.<br><br><br><br>
NB: It tastes good when eaten straight away, but for maximum flavour cook it in the morning or night before and leave it to sit.
 

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I've done this before, especially when visiting the farmer's market. I'll come across some new fruit or vegetable that looks interesting and decide to give it a go. Admittedly, I do have the idea in the back of my head, that I can Google said fruit or vegetable.
 

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I've done this before, especially when visiting the farmer's market. I'll come across some new fruit or vegetable that looks interesting and decide to give it a go.</div>
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*is super guilty of doing this, too* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
I've found some really neat stuff that way and besides, what's life if you don't explore the <i>other</i> 6,000 foods once in a while? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I've sorta recently discovered lentils myself but I found that I adore the green ones cooked until tender with onions and garlic and a bit of tomato paste mixed in after they're done. The red ones are really good, too - they sorta "explode" in the cooking and take on a mashed potato consistency. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
The sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke) I've never tried, but they sound sooooo goooood that now I really want to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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Yes, I did. Being that I am a new veg, I buy things as I come across them and find recipes with them in it when I get home. This forum just happens to have a great number of people who are probably very informed about the product and have favorite recipes. I can google recipes for days, but that doesn't necessarily make them vegetarian. And I would rather get recipes from people who have actually made them and eaten them.<br><br><br><br>
I have an extensive vegan cookbook and of course I find recipes then buy the ingredients listed. And sometimes, I do the opposite. And I personally don't see anything wrong with that.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thank you everyone for the recipes and links. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I use lentils a lot in lasagne and shephards pie. I find a lot of recipes that call for ground beef can easily be made veg*n by substituting lentils.
 

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this is a very simple, tasty, healthy Arabic lentil soup recipe:<br><br><br><br>
8 cups water<br><br>
1 cup lentils<br><br>
1/2 to 1 cup brown rice<br><br>
2 carrots chopped<br><br>
1 celery chopped<br><br>
2 veggie boullion cubes<br><br>
1 chopped onion<br><br>
juice from 1 lemon<br><br>
2 tablespoons or so of olive oil<br><br><br><br>
cook all that for 45min-1hr and then put it in a blender (i usually just use a spoon with holes and blend up the solids).
 

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Mmmm..lentils. I mostly use'em for dahl or lentil & potato soup. I haven't had Jerusalem artichokes in forever, but I used to just eat them raw or in a salad.
 
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