How to Make Red Lentil Dip

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Amy Riolo demonstrates how to make Red Lentil Dip.

    Amy Riolo: Hi! I am Amy Riolo! Today we're making Red Lentil Dip. The ingredients we'll need are 1 cup dried Red Lentils, sorted and rinsed, 2 cups reduced Sodium Vegetable or Chicken Stock, 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste, 5 Garlic Cloves chopped, salt, freshly ground Pepper, 1 tablespoon dried ground Coriander, 4 pieces Peter Bread, 1 quarter cup plain Yoghurt for garnish and 1 tablespoon Cilantro for garnish.

    The first thing that I am going to do is add in our stock. I've my pan already heated. We want about a 2 to 1 ratio. So, about 2 cups of stock to about 1 cup of the dried red lentils. Then I am going to add a tablespoon of tomato paste, this gives a little bit of color to the recipe, it also gives additional flavor.

    Then I am going to add the chopped garlic and this can just be a rough chop, it doesn't have to be finely diced. So I am going to turn my heat up to high. I am just going to stir it around and make sure that everything is incorporated. Then I am going to add our salt and a little bit of freshly ground pepper and also coriander. Coriander is a great mellow spice that just kind of rounds out a lot of recipes and it's particularly suited to things like the carrots and lentils and beans. So whenever you are making a recipe like this and you feel, soup maybe, it needs a little bit of something, coriander is usually a good bet. Coriander is just dried cilantro and it has a healthful properties, it also tastes great.

    So right now I am just going to bring this up to a boil and once the water comes to a boil, we can reduce the heat down to simmer and then let it simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. And even if you don't have any experience in working with lentils, don't be worried about them at all.

    When they cook they split in half and they expand and they absorb the liquid, so they cook very-very quickly. Much more quickly, even then regular lentils. So they are great on a busy week night for soup or for dips like this or for any other ingredient and they are great source for anti-oxidants.

    So now our lentils have finished cooking. They've absorbed all of the liquid in the bottom of the pan and they're a very thick consistency. This is perfect for our dip. All that we need to do now is to put them in a bowl and serve them with Peter chips or fresh Peter bread and a little bit of yoghurt and cilantro for garnish. So here is our Red Lentil Dip, enjoy!