Lentils are a comfort food in Panama, and now one of my favorites. They are healthy and delicious and this is the best recipe I have tried.
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- add 1 cup dried lentils
- add salt & pepper
- add 1 teaspoon butter or oil
- add 1 small onion
- add 1 red pepper or green pepper, diced (I do a combo)
- add 2 beef bouillon cubes or chicken bouillon cubes
- add 4 cups water
- add 3 cloves garlic or 3/4 tablespoon minced garlic
- Wash lentils thoroughly.
- Put them in saucepan and cover with water, add butter or oil.
- Cover and bring to a natural simmer over low heat.
- *Note-this takes a little while but prevents lentils from breaking.
- Once at a low boil, you may need to tilt the lid slightly to release steam and prevent overboil.
- Add onions, peppers, and garlic and continue to simmer for about 45 mins or until lentils are soft.
- Drain lentils in a strainer with a measuring cup beneath to catch the excess liquid.
- Pour off all but 1 cup of the liquid (keeping the last cup gives the best texture) and return to the pan with boullion cubes, until dissolved.
- Return lentils to pan and cook 15 mins more, adding salt& pepper.