Green Lentils and Bulgar Wheat with Caramelized Onions
For my second anniversary with Sean (Yes, it has been two years!), I made a delicious and involved Epicurious recipe: Chicken with Olives, Caramelized Onions, and Sage. If I felt this recipe was a good one for a single chef, I would repost it, but folks this dish took about 3 hours from start to finish to prepare. Not exactly perfect for the single cook.
But I thought the Green Lentils and Bulgar Wheat with Caramelized Onions was a great recipe to share. I’ve used these lentils as a side dish for chicken. I’ve used them over salad. I’ve used them for a side dish with Baked Salmon with Lemon & Turmeric and I’ve even turned them into a patty that I served with a poached egg, canadian bacon and an English muffin (will post this recipe soon).
If you get as bored with rice as I do, this dish is a perfect one to add to your side dish arsenal.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: ~ 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1 chef knife
- 1 large sauce pan with lid
- 1 saute pan
- 1 wooden spoon
3 – 4 cups water
1/2 cup green lentils
1 bay leaf
1 cup bulgur wheat (cracked wheat)
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground black cardamom
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tbsp dried cranberries
1/4 cup caramelized onions
1 tsp of fresh mint, chopped
- Add 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup green lentils and 1 bay leaf to a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
- As soon as ingredients are boiling, lower to low heat to allow lentils to simmer, and partially cover with lid.
- Once lentils are almost tender, about 15 minutes, add in in 1 cup bulgur, 3/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp ground black cardamom.
- Cover; simmer until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes longer.
- Taste and, if bulgur wheat is moist*, add black pepper, 1/4 cup of slivered almonds, and 2 tbsp of dried cranberry.
- *If bulgur wheat isn’t moist, add an additional 1/2 cup of water and cook until absorbed, and follow step # .
- Discard bay leaf and add in caramelized onions.
- Garnish with mint.
Tip:This dish makes about 4 servings, but don’t worry, you’ll find exciting ways to use it all up quickly.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sean