Did you know that two-thirds of the world's lentils are grown in Canada? Until this morning, I had know idea!
Lentils are any of a variety of dried legumes that can be prepared many different ways. They are found in many varieties, among them: red, yellow, green, brown and black.
We all know that they are good for us, don't we? But do you know just How Good?
Regular consumption of lentils can contribute to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce the risk of heart disease and have positive effects on blood pressure and blood sugar levels and in moderating insulin levels.
These legumes are packed with protein, fibre, as well as beta-carotene, iron, zinc, selenium, and folate. Because they are low in fat, with no saturated fat, and have no cholesterol, they are an excellent addition to any diet.
For those sitting on the fence, the main issue seems to be how to eat them.
My family tends to prefer split red lentils and predominantly in a dish called Kitheree. There are many recipes available, but the one preferred in our household, is as follows:
1 large onion (chopped)
1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 cup brown rice
2 cups red lentils
1.8 Litres chicken broth (we use two boxes 900 ml Cambell's chicken broth)
1 tsp. crushed garlic
Salt (to taste)
1 - Brown chopped onions in large sauce pan with oil, add garlic and saute.
2 - Add 1/2 chicken broth and bring to boil.
3 - Add 1 cup rinsed brown rice. Simmer 15 minutes with lid off.
4 - Add 2 cups rinsed red lentils and second half of chicken broth.
5 - Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer slowly until lentils turn soft and yellow and liquid is absorbed (additional water might be needed if lentils do not soften)
6 - Salt to taste (if necessary)
7 - The lentil-rice dish should have the consistency similar to a rice pudding. If it cools and thickens, add a little water when re-heating to attain desired consistency.
Both my mother-in-law and my son love this dish and will often eat it plain.
Other facts and recipes can be found at this Canadian Lentil Website (including appetizers, soups, salads, main courses and desserts and an amazing recipe for chocolate chip cookies!)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage