Nepalese Meal

This is a typical Nepalese meal modified for the Western kitchen. Meat is very seldom eaten, but this vegetarian meal is high in protein and fiber. It is also extremely colorful.

Yield: 4 servings

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Nepalese Meal Recipe

Ingredients
  • For Lentils:
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • to taste, salt
  • For Greens:
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound frozen, chopped greens (mustard greens or spinach)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • to taste, cayenne pepper
  • to taste, salt
  • For Rice:
  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed
  • For Curried Peas:
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped or crushed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup cream of tomato soup
  • 1 pound frozen green peas
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Preparation Instructions

LENTILS
Combine lentils with 6 cups of water, turmeric, and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1/2 hour. Using a hand beater or a blender, slightly pulverize the lentils.

Heat oil until very hot, then fry the garlic slices until brown and fragrant. Just before serving, pour the hot oil with garlic onto the lentils. The lentils will sizzle slightly.

GREENS
Heat vegetable oil until hot. Add greens, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and salt. If using mustard greens, add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1/2 hour for mustard greens (or 15 minutes for spinach).

RICE
Combine rice with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then simmer partially covered for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and cover tightly for 15 minutes. Fluff before serving.

CURRIED PEAS
Heat oil until hot. Saute onion for a couple of minutes until slightly brown and fragrant. Add ginger and garlic and saute for a couple more minutes. Add curry powder and fry for a couple of minutes. If it gets too dry, add 1/2 tsp. water. Add soup and bring to a boil. Stir in the frozen peas and turn off the heat. Cover tightly until ready to serve.

Yield: 4 servings
Helpful Hints

To serve, arrange rice, greens, and curried peas on dinner plate. Ladle lentils over the rice.

For a vegan dish, make sure you choose a vegan tomato soup.

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