Since I was a kid, lentils are a must in the week lunch menu of my family.
At first, I hated them. I remember being homesick and missing school, desiring some chicken with fries an a lot of ketchup. But no, there they were… Lentils for lunch, and “Eat it!” they told me.
When we are kids we don’t understand anything. That’s a fact. We believe we are the kings of the world and what we say is rule. How mistaken I was rejecting my delicious and precious lentils. Now I wish to be homesick just one day in the year to eat them all.
I love them, sometimes I think I’m obsessed with them. My best time for eating lentils is those cold days you just need some proteins to warm you up and then a big nap with a shawl to relax.
My family lentils are delicious. They just have the exact doneness; not too liquid, not too thick. They’re just perfect.
This is a family homemade recipe that I love. Now, we have adapted it in so many ways, but this is the original one. Then I will tell you what more you can add to make it a little more special.
Serves: 8 // Prep Time: 3 hours // Cook Time: 1 hour // Total Time: 4 Hours.
750 gr Brown Lentils
300 gr pumpkin
1 hard-boiled egg
Pour the lentils in a bowl and soak them in water for 3 hours.
Meanwhile, chop the onion and the pumpkin and then fry them in a pan until they are soft. Leave them a side until the soaking time is over.
Boil the egg until it gets hard and crumbled it. Leave it a side with the other ingredients, you will use it at the end.
Once the soaking time is over and lentils are tender, rinse them with clean water and then pour into a pot. Add the onion and pumpkin. Now, add boiled water. You should pour water until you cover the lentils, leaving one finger of water above the lentils.
Cook them in medium flame. Wait for about one hour.
The secret now is in you. The lentils must have absorbed good part of the water, but not all of it. It shouldn’t be liquid neither thick. If you see that your lentils are in one of those points, then leave it for 10-15 minutes until they absorb water and get to the exact point. If you are missing water, pour a little more and wait for 10 – 15 minutes. Is that easy.
The important thing is the exact doneness that makes it so delicious and unique. So don’t hesitate and use your common sense. Once you have practice, next times you’ll do it by heart. Trust me.
When they are ready, take them out and serve them in a bowl or clay pot and add some crumbled hard-boiled egg in the surface. Now, you can also add crumbled bacon at the top or any ingredient you want to make this dish as yours. Sometimes I even add a cup of coconut milk when the lentils are boiling and they get an spectacular oriental taste.