Today I made some lentils that were really, really good.
I have made lentils plenty of times, usually just on-the-fly, without a recipe or anything, but rarely do they turn out as well as they did today.
Fortunately, I remember what ingredients I used and I measured out everything as I went along, so here is the recipe.
1 lb lentils, rinsed (any kind)
2-3 potatoes, chopped (optional)
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs Cumin
1 Tbs Coriander
2 Tbs Curry powder (I used Hot)
1 tsp Turmeric
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil (canola or olive) in a large pot.
Sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent.
Mix the spices in a small bowl and add the spice mixture to the onion/garlic.
Stir and cook for a few seconds, then add the lentils and 8 cups of water or broth (I had 2 cups of no-chicken broth floating around, so I added that plus another 6 c H20). (Add the potatoes, if using)
Cover and bring to a boil; let cook for at least 20-30 minutes (to insure lentils get done), but advisably longer if you can wait; it is best if you let it cook for an hour or more.
Enjoy, as a soup or over rice, perhaps with some garam masala added to taste (we didn't have any and it was fantastic as-was, but I think garam masala would go well).