Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Quarantine Food Diaries, Morrocan Lentil Soup, Asafoetida What it Does and Why

In Ayurvedic cooking lentils and chickpeas are eaten routinely but don't seem to cause any intestinal discomfort, in fact their praises are song by most Ayurvedic practitioners. Me, I've been left like a jet propelled engine, it's not sexy.
I found out about this little thing called Hing, no it's not a Dr.Seuss poem it's a really hing, I mean thing. It's other name is Asafoetida, and you use the tiniest amount from the tiniest jar to make your beans easily digestible and absorb all the fantastic plant based protein!
I'm sold. Make sure you buy pure Hing no fillers.

Morrocan Lentil Soup

1 cup french lentils
4 cups water
1/2 chopped white onion
3/4 cup pureed whole canned San Marzano tomatoes
1 pinch Asafoetida ( Hing)
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
fresh Cilantro and Lemon to garnish
salt and pepper

saute´onion in olive oil until translucent, sort and rinse lentils and add to softened onion, add Asafoetida! Add tomatoes, water and spices . Bring to a boil and cover and simmer 20-30 min
uncover serve, in each bowl squeeze lemon amply and garnish with cilantro a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil salt and cracked pepper.

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