I got the new Garam Masala from Epicure, and searched their website for recipes that I could try. I found one for a lentil stew that sounded interesting. I was pretty sure the kids would hate it, and possibly even the grown-ups would hate it, but we had all the ingredients at home and it was worth a shot.
I decided to make a half-batch, because, well, I figured alot of it might end up in the garbage. After making it, I realized that a full-batch would have been enough to feed a small army, so I'm very glad I cut it back.
1 tbsp. oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. Garam Masala
1/2 tsp. garlic
3 c. water
1 c. dry lentils
1 c. sweet potato, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
2-3 tsp. Vegetable Bouillon
1/2 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 6-8 minutes. Add Garam Masala and garlic and cook for another minute. Add remaining ingredients, except for the spinach, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and cover, simmering for 25 minutes. Add spinach and stir to heat through. Serve over basmati rice.
This smelled delicious, although I was pretty sure the kids would freak out when they saw little green things and chunks of orange things in their bowl. I'm not ashamed to admit, I pulled out all the cards I had:
- Soy sauce - my kids will eat anything if it's got soy sauce on it.
- Naan bread - my kids will eat anything if they get naan bread with it. God bless you, Superstore.
- McDonalds - I promised a treat after swimming lessons tonight if they eat all their supper.
- Haiti - I know some people think it's inappropriate, but when my parents told me about the starving kids in Ethiopia, I darn well ate my food. My kids are very concerned with what's happening in Haiti, and well, I used it to my advantage.