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LENTIL AND POTATO STEW [Oct. 17th, 2013|02:49 pm]
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[reseda_3067]
Hi! First time posting here. I'm Swedish, so I hope there's nothing wrong with using the metric system when it comes to measurements? If it is, please, let me know and I will try and change them. Thanks.

Well, this recipe I found in a magazine years ago and have used on many occasions, with just one small modification; it's supposed to be a soup, but I prefer to let it cook down into a stew. I think the flavors and the consistency get better that way, but if you wanted to, you can of course keep it as a soup.

Ingredients:

2 dl red lentils
1 onion
1 leek
2 potatoes
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 liter water
4-5 tbs ajvar relish (mild)
2 tbs tomato ketchup
1 large handful of fresh Thyme (or about � tsp dried)
olive oil for cooking
black pepper and salt to taste

Method:

1. Rinse the lentils carefully. Peel and chop the onion. Clean, rinse and chop the leek. Peel and dice the potatoes finely.

2. Fry the onion, leek and potatoes a few minutes in 1 tbs of olive oil in a wide pot.

3. Add the lentils. Crumble the vegetable stock cubes and add them too. Then the water. Stir in the ajvar relish and tomato ketchup. Add the Thyme. Season with 1-2 pinches of black pepper (or to taste).

4. Let boil with lid on for about 15-20 minutes (I usually boil it for longer) on semi high heat. Stir occasionally so it doesn't stick to the bottom. Now, you can do one of two things; either mix the soup/stew into a smooth consistency or leave it as is, if you prefer chunky bits (I do). Add salt to taste. You can add a bit more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.

5. You can serve it with a bit of creme fraiche if desired and some bread. Cheese sandwiches are really good with this soup/stew.

I hope someone will try this and like it. Good luck! :)
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[User Picture]From: someonepeculiar
2013-10-17 02:33 pm (UTC)

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i just tried this. it was delicious!
thanks for sharing!
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 04:14 pm (UTC)

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You did? Awesome. SO glad you liked it. :)
[User Picture]From: someonepeculiar
2013-10-17 06:25 pm (UTC)

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yep! was looking for something to cook for lunch and found your recipe in my feed :)
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 07:08 pm (UTC)

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That's awesome. :)
[User Picture]From: fuzzilla
2013-10-17 03:54 pm (UTC)

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Sounds pretty similar to something I was planning to make tonight/tomorrowish:

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/11/vegan-red-lentil-stew/

I tried her Mexican red lentil stew, which was good, but I didn't think it was very filling (I admit I'm not actually a vegetarian, but I do meatless sometimes to mix it up/save money. Maybe that's why I didn't find it filling..?).

Also, yum, ajvar! Makes me homesick for the city.
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 04:27 pm (UTC)

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I checked that site out and it does resemble mine, but I think mine is more filling, because I usually let it cook down to a thicker stew like consistency. :)
[User Picture]From: fuzzilla
2013-10-18 12:45 am (UTC)

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The recipe I made was delicious, so I'm sure yours is, too. ;o) The starch from the potato and carrot made it fairly filling. I copied one of the comment suggestions and threw the spices in at the first step as the onion and garlic sauteed. I think infusing it in the oil it really amps up the flavor.
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-18 07:08 am (UTC)

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I'm sure it is. Vegetarian cooking is really good, though I'm not 100% vegetarian. And how can you go wrong with potatoes and carrots? Two of my favorites. Not to mention onions and garlic. I HAVE to have those in my cupboards, or else something is missing. :)
[User Picture]From: cleodhna
2013-10-17 04:13 pm (UTC)

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Looks delicious! Just one question: what is ajvar relish? Can I get a fair substitute in the UK, or can I make my own?
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 04:24 pm (UTC)

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Wish I had had a pic to put up. Ajvar relish is a red pepper mixture. I just buy the ready made stuff, but I found a recipe that goes like this:

Roast 1 large, ripe aubergine in the oven (about 250 Degrees or 450 F), along with 4 red peppers to removed the skin. If you have a gas stove, you can also do this over the flame. When they are cool enough to touch, remove the skin and dice finely. Mix together with 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and 5 finely chopped Spanish peppers. Add 0,5 dl freshly squeezed lemon juice and about 3 tbs olive oil. Add salt to taste.

The kind you buy in a jar, is usually a smooth paste.

Hope this helped you! :)
[User Picture]From: cleodhna
2013-10-17 04:32 pm (UTC)

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Ah, looks lovely. Perhaps an aubergine chutney might do for your UK audience! Thank you!
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 05:25 pm (UTC)

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I don't know what aubergine chutney is, but I'm sure you're right. :) And you're welcome!
[User Picture]From: cleodhna
2013-10-17 08:11 pm (UTC)

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It's a savoury pickle made with roast aubergines and other ingredients. Mustard seeds usually feature. It is popular in Indian cooking and you can usually get it in the UK. Probably quite a bit different from Ajvar relish, but maybe similar enough to substitute?

This is one of the things that's great about communities like this: finding out about new and different ingredients. I'm going to look out for this one or make it from scratch (once I have a working grill).
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 08:31 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure, because Ajvar Relish has red peppers as the main ingredient. At least the store bought kind. But it never hurts to try! Could turn out great. :)

I agree. And food is something I can talk about a lot. Hahaha.

Please, let me know what you thought of the dish if you do try it. :)
[User Picture]From: baby_jane
2013-10-17 08:04 pm (UTC)

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hey! really want to try this, is that 2 cups of lentils? (sorry, from canada here)
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-17 08:33 pm (UTC)

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You should! It's really good. It's not quite 2 cups, but this is the kind of recipe that you really don't have to be too strict. I sometimes use more potatoes for example, because I love it. I hope you try it and like it. :)
[User Picture]From: serendipity8791
2013-10-18 02:50 pm (UTC)

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2dl is equal to 200ml, which would be about 4/5 of a cup, since 1 cup is around 250ml. ;D

I'm from Canada too. :D
[User Picture]From: jazzybabe56
2013-10-17 10:48 pm (UTC)

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you have 2 dl of red lentils.......please, what's a dl? Thanx! :)

Edited at 2013-10-17 10:48 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-18 07:15 am (UTC)

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2 deciliters (dl) equals about 1 cup. I just measured it to be completely sure, so I didn't tell you the wrong thing. Hope you try it and like it! :)
[User Picture]From: ayajedi
2013-10-18 02:45 am (UTC)

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sounds very yummy
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-18 07:05 am (UTC)

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It is! :)
[User Picture]From: freecloud13
2013-10-18 01:30 pm (UTC)

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Sounds interesting, I will have to try it!
By ajvar relish you mean the 'sauce' widely used in the territory of former Yugoslavia?
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-18 01:51 pm (UTC)

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Please, do! :)
Oh, dear... I have no idea, but it's a thick reddish sauce made with red peppers and aubergine. I left the recipe in one of the other comments. I usually just buy the ready made kind, I'm afraid. :)
[User Picture]From: freecloud13
2013-10-18 04:24 pm (UTC)

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I wondered if perhaps there was any chances of some other cuisine having something called the same way, but I see from your other comment that it's *that* ajvar. :)
[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-18 04:46 pm (UTC)

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Yes, a lot of sauces and such can resemble something similar. I wasn't sure when I typed out the recipe if Ajvar Relish was something only to be found here in Sweden or if it was known all over the world. Still don't know. :)
[User Picture]From: germankitty
2013-10-18 06:28 pm (UTC)

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I bought ajvar to make djuvec rice, so I'd say yes. :)
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[User Picture]From: reseda_3067
2013-10-21 07:23 am (UTC)

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Great! I hope you'll like it. :)